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Different forms of coenurus in sheep and rabbits and an adult worm

Coenurosis (a.k.a. Caenurosis and Coenuriasis, gid or sturdy in the vernacular) is a parasitic infection that develops in the intermediate hosts of some tapeworm species (Taenia multiceps,[1] T. serialis,[2] T. brauni, or T. glomerata) and are caused by the coenurus, the larval stage of these worms. This disease occurs mainly in sheep and other ungulates,[3] but occasionally can occur in humans too by accidental ingestion of worms' eggs.

Adult worms of these species develop in the small intesine of the definitive hosts (dogs, foxes, and other canids), causing a disease from the group of taeniasis.[4] Humans cannot be definitive hosts for these species of tapeworms.

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  1. ^ University of Pennsylvania - Veterinary Medicine: Taenia multiceps Homepage
  2. ^ University of Pennsylvania - Veterinary medicine: Taenia serialis Homepage
  3. ^ Stanford University: Coenurosis - Hosts
  4. ^ Stanford University: Taeniasis

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