Alveolar hydatid disease

Other Names:
Echinococcus multilocularis

This is a very serious form of echinococcosis. The disease is transmitted to man through infected faeces of foxes and domestic cats and dogs. When infected, a person develops multiple small cysts that multiply rapidly. Usually occurring in the liver, the result is often fatal.


Alveolar hydatid disease is world-wide in occurrence, but most common in Europe, Russia, Japan, Alaska, Canada and the United States.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
16.10.2020 – 17:36 CEST