Diphyllobothriasis: The Diphyllobothrium latumHuman Infection Conundrum and Reconciliation with a Worldwide Zoonosis

  • Terry A. Dick
Part of the World Class Parasites book series (WCPA, volume 11)


Tapeworms belonging to the genus Diphyllobothrium (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea) are some of the most conspicuous and best known human parasites since antiquity. One can only imagine what the ancients thought when a meter-long piece of strobila of Diphyllobothrium spp. appeared hanging from the anus of a human or a dog (Fig. 4.1A) or heavily parasitized char or whitefish were observed with large cysts along the viscera, too numerous to count (Fig. 4.1B). Not surprising it was named the broad tapeworm of humans. For years most human cases were thought to result from the human form only, that is, D. latum, and improvements in sanitation and changes in eating habits would result in its eradication.


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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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