Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Spirometra erinaceieuropaei

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2944


Greek: speira = winding, metra = uterus.

Life Cycle

This worm (40 cm long) lives in the small intestine of carnivores in Europe, Asia, Australia. First intermediate hosts are rodents, amphibia, second intermediate hosts are rodents, pigs, monkeys.

Prepatent period

2–3 weeks. In humans the plerocercoids = spargana may be found in various organs.  Eucestoda.

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