Echinococcosis is an infection by tapeworms in the Echinococcus genus and is a general term that covers three specific diseases: cystic echinococcosis, alveolar hydatid echinococcosis and polycystic echinococcosis.
Echinococcus Antibodies are antibodies produced by the body in response to an echinococcosis infection.
Echinococcus tapeworms have a more complex life cycle than other parasites that involves a definitive host and an intermediate host.
Humans are accidental hosts and do not typically play a part in the life cycle.
Echinococcosis to be asymptomatic for many years. Many cases are only discovered incidentally during imaging for an unrelated reason.