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BACKGROUND Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a severe helminth disease affecting humans, which is caused by the fox tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis. AE represents a serious public health issue in larger regions of China, Siberia, and other regions in Asia. In Europe, a significant increase in prevalence since the 1990s is not only affecting the… (More)
In order to identify the respective importance of the ecological and biological factors involved in the transmission of Echinococcus multilocularis, we estimated grassland vole intermediate host (Microtus sp. and Arvicola terrestris) population densities, in relation to the diet of the definitive host (red fox, Vulpes vulpes) and with the prevalence of E.… (More)
The authors report a case of recurrent pericarditis complicated by tamponade, a complication rarely reported in the literature, due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. The frequency and the characteristics of the pericarditis caused by this microorganism are reviewed and the diagnostic criteria and pathogenic mechanisms are discussed.