Diseases & National Health Programme
Which of the following is the definite host for Echinococcus granulosus:
The life cycle of Echinococcus granulosa is basically a dog sheep cycle with man as an accidental, intermediate host. The adult tapeworm lives in the small intestine of dogs, which is the definitive host, for 2 to 4 years. Human infection occurs by ingestion of the eggs of Echinococcus granulosa accidentally with food, unwashed vegetables or water contaminated with faeces from the infected dog.