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Infection of Cattle with Cysticercus bovis by the Injection of Onchospheres


In 1907 Dévé1 reported the successful infection of a rabbit by the subcutaneous injection of Echinococcus granulosus eggs which produced a single fertile hydatid cyst. Leonard and Leonard2, studying the resistance of rabbits to the larvæ of Tænia pisiformis, infected these animals by the injection of hatched eggs into the mesenteric vein. Fedeli Avanzi3 reported that the intraperitoneal injection of hydatid sand into rabbits failed to produce any infection, but Batham4 successfully infected mice by the intraperitoneal injection of E. granulosus eggs.

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