Alberta now a 'hot spot' for tapeworm that can cause fatal tumours in humans, study cautions

Alberta is now a hot spot of a potentially deadly tapeworm passed from wild canines to humans, and many cases of the parasitic infection could be going undetected, warns an infectious disease specialist. 

"Alberta is clearly the hot spot," said Stan Houston, a University of Alberta professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and lead author of a new study detailing a recent cluster of alveolar echinococcosis (AE) cases in Alberta.

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