Volume 100, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a parasitic zoonosis caused by the larval stage of the tapeworm . Detection of the adult stage in the canine definitive host is essential for estimating infection rates, surveillance and monitoring of CE control programs. This study sought to develop and validate a coproantigen sandwich enzyme–linked immunosorbent assay (copro-ELISA), based on antibodies against –soluble membrane antigens (EGMA), that is capable of distinguishing infected and noninfected dogs. Anti- polyclonal immunoglobulin G antibodies were obtained from rabbit antiserum against EGMA. Optimization of the test was performed with 51 positive and 56 negative stool samples of canine echinococcosis. Specificity, sensitivity, cross-reactivity, intra- and inter-assay precision, and over time detection were evaluated. According to the receiver operating characteristic analysis, the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity were 96.1% (CI: 85.9–99.6) and 98.2% (CI: 89.5–100), respectively. Negative and positive predictive values were 96.5% (CI: 91.7–100) and 98% (CI: 94.1–100), respectively. No cross-reactivity with , , or was observed. Intra- and inter-assay repeatability showed values of less than 15% of the variation coefficient. The over time detection was from 20 to 27 days postinfection with . The copro-ELISA based on EGMA detection offers a simplified in-house development of diagnostic testing. This assay showed high specificity and sensitivity and had no cross-reactivity with other parasites. Further studies and development of this test in a kit format may be useful for the detection of active infection in dogs living in CE endemic regions.


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  • Received : 06 Aug 2018
  • Accepted : 29 Oct 2018
  • Published online : 10 Dec 2018

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