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Alveolar echinococcosis: the parasite is in the meadow.

Echinococcosis, or disease of foxes, is well known in the Jura massif, but it is found in all the cold regions of the globe. This parasitic worm is carried by foxes, it is caught by unintentionally ingesting its tiny eggs present on the wooden berries or the mushrooms or the coat of our contaminated domestic animals.

Most often, if the human becomes accidentally the host of this organism, its immune system gets rid of it without further trouble. But sometimes the parasite is more malignant and the human can develop a potentially serious disease: alveolar echinococcosis. A disease that particularly affects people whose medical treatment artificially reduces immune defenses.

Many misconceptions circulate about this parasite, so do not miss the 36.9 ° health survey (from the Radio Télévision Suisse).

Two Chrono-environment researchers are involved in this program:

  • Jenny Knapp, Chrono-environment, Clinical Research Engineer, has developed an original method to know the areas where the parasite hides.
  • Laurence Millon, Professor at Chrono-Environment, Epidemiologist, directs the National Reference Center on alveolar echinococcosis.

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