Echinococcosis

Combating echinococcosis in China

Ultrasound examination for echinococcosis in Siqu (China)
© Tian Tian / Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

21 September 2017 | Geneva –– China has intensified its national programme for the control of echinococcosis through community focused interventions where more people are being examined through ultrasound.

Echinococcosis is a parasitic disease. The two main types are: cystic and alveolar echinococcosis. Infection is acquired through ingestion of parasite eggs in contaminated food, water or soil, or through direct contact with animal hosts.

Two new centres of excellence have joined the WHO network of Collaborating centres for echinococcosis

09 September 2016 | Geneva ––The World Health Organization (WHO) has expanded its network of collaborating centres for echinococcosis.

The latest two centres in Xinjiang, China and in Rome, Italy will help sustain control strategies and the implementation of uniform operational procedures, testing and training.