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Diphyllobothrium latum Linnaeus, Cobbold, Figs through In Dunus was the first to recognizably describe Diphyllobothrium latum ; this description was confirmed by Plater inwho differentiated it from the Taenia species beef and pork tapeworms of humans Cited in Grove, The fish was shown to contain the stage that transmits the parasite to humans cestodses Braun who fed plerocercoids from fish to cats, dogs, and medical students.

The role of the copepod as the first intermediate host was elucidated by Janicki and Rosen Diphyllobothrium latum has been reported to occur in humans throughout the world, in northeastern Europe, especially in Finland, Scandinavia, the Baltic states, the former Soviet Union, France, and Switzerland. It is believed to have expanded its range at some point with human travels to Israel, central Africa, and Siberia.

It was brought by Europeans cestodose the Americas where foci were established in Canada, the Great Lakes of North America although no longer present in most of the central United States Peters et al.

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The worm in Japan may have been brought by Europeans or may represent a separate species, Diphyllobothrium nihonkaense Yamane, Kamo, Bylund, and Wikgren, It has also been reported on occasion from the Phillippines and Taiwan.

Infection in the domestic cat should parallel that in the human. Infection by a Diphyllobothrium latum has been reported in domestic cats in Scotland Hutchinson,Russia Vereta, ,India Chandler, ? Adult Diphyllobothrium latum are found in the small cestoddoses of the cat. In the older worm, maintenance of position in the host gut is effected by muscular tonus, by pressure of the powerfully muscular strobila against the gut wall; the scolex serves little purpose, adheres only loosely to the gut wall, and any increase in its size and development is not to be expected.

Diphyllobothrium latum is referred to as a diphyllobothriid tapeworm or as a Pseudophyllidean tapeworm. Cesttodoses scolex is 2. Each proglottid of these tapeworms possess a centrally located, rosette-shaped uterus Fig and associated uterine pore through which its eggs are released Faust, These tapeworms continuously release eggs until they become exhausted of their uterine contents. The terminal segments become senile rather than gravid and detach in chains rather than individually.

In humans, this tapeworm may attain a length of 3 to 10 meters. This tapeworm may have as many as or more proglottids and may range in length from 2 to 12 meters.

It is probable that this tapeworm does not attain this considerable length in the domestic cat. The egg of Diphyllobothrium latum resembles the egg of a digenetic trematode, that is, it is oval and possesses a distinct operculum at one pole of the shell. The eggs tend to be rounded at one end. The operculum is be present on the end opposite the rounded pole.

The eggs are unembryonated when passed in the feces. The eggs can be distinguished form those of the Pseudophyllidean tapeworms of the genus Spirometra which also have a similar morphology in that the operculum is ellipsoidal in shape, the eggshell of Spirometra spp.


Man serves as the principal ecstodoses hosts for Diphyllobothrium latumalthough many other mammals that eat fresh-water fish e. In areas where human infection is rare or no longer present, infection of the fish intermediate hosts also becomes reduced or disappears, suggesting that wild mammalian hosts are not sufficient to maintain the cycle in many environments Larvalres et al. Unembryonated larvaides pass through the uterine pore of each of the adult cestode’s gravid proglottids.

The eggs are discharged to the external environment with the feces. In fresh water, the first cstodoses stage, the ciliated coracidium, emerges from the egg and is eaten by the first intermediate host, an aquatic copepod a crustacean. This copepod may be of the genera Cyclops or Diaptomus. The second developmental stage, the worm-like procercoid stage, develops within the copepod.

When the procercoid is ingested by the second intermediate host, e. Cats become infected with Diphyllobothrium latum by eating the fish and the plerocercoid develops to a mature tapeworm in the small intestine. Examination of the intestines of a kitten 13 hours after being fed plerocercoids recovered from fish, revealed the worms at distances of 7, 11, 12, 13, and 16 inches form the pylorus in a gut measuring 33 inches between pylorus and ileocolic valve; after 25 hours in another kitten, 17 worms were found between 7.

In dogs, the first eggs are passed between 18 and 20 days after ingestion of the plerocercoid, and in some dogs, worms are a meter and a half long by 30 days after infection is initiated Wardle and Green, In human beings, the worms may remain alive and active for several years or even decades, but the patent period in the cat has not been determined.

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With Diphyllobothrium latum there is no clear distinction between mature and gravid proglottids, with maturation occurring sometimes anterior to less developed proglottids Faust, As with many of the feline tapeworms, cases of diphyllobothriasis are apparently asymptomatic. Pet owners may observe chains of “spent” or empty proglottids in the cat’s feces.

Humans with this parasite demonstrate the same poorly defined symptoms as they do when infected with other tapeworms vague abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, nausea and weakness.

In humans, this parasite may produce a serious megaloblastic anemia. Virtually all of the cases have been in Finnish people. It has been estimated that almost a fourth of Finland’s population may be infected with Diphyllobothrium latum. The cestode does absorb large amounts of vitamin B12 and that affected humans also have an impaired ability to absorb this vitamin von Bonsdorff, Pernicious anemia has not been reported in cats or any other domesticated or wild animals; however, the experimental infection of dogs with Diphyllobothrium latum has induced decreased red cell numbers and decreases in total hemoglobin Wardle et al.

Identification of characteristic eggs and “spent” proglottids as those of Diphyllobothrium latum is necessary for the practical requirements of controlling this cestode.

Veterinarians must remember that the eggs of Diphyllobothrium latum are operculated and resemble the eggs of Spirometra spp. Gross inspection with or without a hand lens is usually sufficient for the identification of proglottids of Diphyllobothrium latum. Identification is based on the appearance of each proglottid’s centrally located, rosette-shaped uterus and its associated genital pore. In cases of intact tapeworms recovered at necropsy, identification can also be made utilizing the characteristic appearance of the scolex with its slit-like bothria.


Praziquantel must be administered at an elevated dose to be effective against Diphyllobothrium latum. Cats become infected when they eat raw or undercooked fish. In addition to cats, suitable hosts include a wide variety of various terrestrial and marine fish-eating carnivores dogs, bears, mongoose, mink foxes, seals and sea lions in many parts of the world.

The stage passed in the feces of cats requires a period of development in fresh water, thus, infected cats pose no direct threat to other animals.

Human beings are considered to be the normal definitive host for Diphyllobothrium latum. Because Diphyllobothrium latum is a human tapeworm and because it may be transmitted to both wild and domesticated animals, it is considered to be a zooanthroponosis. The infected cat poses no direct threat to its owner or to any other individuals that may handle the cat or its feces. Prophylaxis involves the freezing or cooking of fish.

At no time should cats be larvairess raw fish. Such habits may lead to infections with the infective plerocercoid stages of Diphyllobothrium latumand if possible, cats should not be allowed to roam freely or to scavenge dead fish Hendrix and Blagburn, Precautions should be taken against raw human sewage reaching fresh water lakes in endemic areas; this has been a major cause of the infection of the stock of dish in lakes and rivers von Bonsdorff, Clinical Parasitology, 9 th edition.

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