Volume 71, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Cystic echinococcosis is a re-emerging disease in central Asia. A total of 120 soil samples taken from 30 gardens of rural homesteads in southern Kazakhstan were analyzed for the presence of taeniid eggs using a concentration technique. Of these, 21 (17.5%) were shown to be contaminated with taeniid eggs. These isolated taeniid eggs were further analyzed using a polymerase chain reaction specific for the G1 (sheep) strain of the tapeworm , and five samples were shown to be positive. This study demonstrates the widespread contamination of the environment with eggs in an -endemic area and thus the potential for indirect transmission of to humans from such sources.


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  • Received : 03 Mar 2004
  • Accepted : 27 Mar 2004

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