Taenia multiceps Homepage
Common name: Tapeworm
The adult worms measure up to 500 cm.
Taenia sp. proglottid
The sheep ingests an egg. The egg hatches in the small intestine and the larval tapeworm burrows through the intestinal wall and travel to the brain and spinal cord via the blood. The coenurus develops in the brain, reaching the infective stage in about 6 to 8 months. (In goats the coenurus can develop in a variety of tissues.) When the dog eats the sheep and ingests the coenurus, the protoscolices attach to the small intestinal wall and the worms begin to form proglottids. Gravid proglottids, containing the eggs, detach from the end of the worm and pass out in the feces.
Common Diagnostic Test
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