Volume 6, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The medical importance of hydatidosis may be gaged by the fact that a number of international meetings have been held on this parasitic disease—the latest in 1956—and others undoubtedly will be held in the future. Moreover, there is an international journal published in Montevideo, Uruguay—Archivos Internacionales de la Hidatidosis—devoted exclusively to hydatidosis. Finally, the vast literature that has accumulated practically the world over on , together with the confusion that still prevails regarding the speciation of the genus, attests to the wide interest that parasitologists and medical workers everywhere have shown in this parasite of man and animals.

North America, with the exception of Mexico, has until recently been considered almost free of this parasitic infection. In South America, on the other hand, hydatidosis is known to be of great importance in several countries, especially Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.


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