Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya.
Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 1987 Feb;81(1):29-34.
Of 151 dogs examined in 14 localities in Libya, 42 (27.81%) were infected with Echinococcus granulosus. The prevalence of the worms was generally higher in the coastal areas. Infections were light (1-200 worms) in 24 of the infected dogs, medium (201-1000 worms) in ten and high (over 1000 worms) in eight. The maximum number of worms was 12,821, recorded in a four-year-old dog. Infection rates differed with age: 12.5% in dogs aged up to one year, 36.6% for one to two years, 19.3% for two to three years, 44.2% for three to four years and 14.3% for dogs aged over five years. The role of dogs in Libyan society is discussed.
Keywords: Echinococcosis in Libya. I. Prevalence of Echinococcus granulosus in dogs with particular reference to the role of the dog in Libyan society.