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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2015 May;21(5):426-32. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2015.01.004. Epub 2015 Jan 14.

Neglected zoonotic helminths: Hymenolepis nana, Echinococcus canadensis and Ancylostoma ceylanicum.

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School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA, Australia. Electronic address:


The majority of helminth parasites that are considered by WHO to be the cause of 'neglected diseases' are zoonotic. In terms of their impact on human health, the role of animal reservoirs and polyparasitism are both emerging issues in understanding the epidemiology of a number of these zoonoses. As such, Hymenolepis (Rodentolepis) nana, Echinococcus canadensis and Ancylostoma ceylanicum all qualify for consideration. They have been neglected and there is increasing evidence that all three parasite infections deserve more attention in terms of their impact on public health as well as their control.


Ancylostoma ceylanicum; Echinococcus canadensis; Hymenolepis(Rodentolepis) nana; neglected diseases; zoonoses

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