Hydatidosis

Hydatidosis is a soil-transmitted disease that can seriously affect humans. It is originated by Echinococcus granulosus, which is hosted in dogs' small intestines and produces cysts in men's tissues and organs, like liver, lungs, kidneys, heart, spleen, bones and central nervous system. The cycle of the disease starts when dogs feed on raw or poorly cooked offal of rumiants or pigs that are domestically slaughtered. When defecating, dogs contaminate the soil, vegetables and water troughs. The parasite gets into the human body when the person eats wrongly washed vegetables, drinks contaminated water or is in contact with the mouth of an affected dog.

As part of the Program of Hydatidosis, Mundo Sano –together with health professionals of Muñiz Hospital- performed over 500 ultrasound scans in Azul, Carmen de Patagones and Bahía de San Blas, Buenos Aires province. Apart form that, more than 730 people were performed blood tests and ultrasound scans for the detection of hydatid cysts at several spots in Pampa del Indio, Chaco.

Likewise, health professionals from both institutions travelled to a rural spot in Nogoyá department, Entre Ríos province, where approximately 450 people live, and where they carried out ultrasound scan diagnosis and field surveys by taking environmental samples.

The cysts produced by hydatidosis can be treated with drugs and, in some cases, it can undergo surgery. However, since the disease can remain unnoticed for several years and it is likely lethal, its timely diagnosis is of fundamental importance.