Echinococcus granulosus in the Northern Territory, Australia: hydatid disease reported in beef cattle from the region

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Hydatid disease in beef cattle has been reported to be widespread throughout Australia, but cattle bred and raised in the Northern Territory were previously believed to be free of the disease. Between 2010 and 2016, 1061 cattle from the Northern Territory were slaughtered at a New South Wales abattoir and inspected for hydatid disease. The proportion of cattle reported infected with hydatid disease was 3.5%. Individual cattle identification numbers indicated that the cattle included in the study had most likely remained within the Northern Territory from birth until immediately prior to slaughter, so were assumed to have become infected within the region. We suspect that the sylvatic cycle of Echinococcus granulosus transmission could be responsible for infection of cattle in this region.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Veterinary Journal
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jan 2020

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Northern Territory
Echinococcus granulosus
hydatids
beef cattle
cattle
cattle breeds
New South Wales
slaughterhouses
Abattoirs
slaughter
Parturition
infection
Infection

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