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    hydatid cysts?

    Hi folks,

    does anyone know if (a) we get hydatid cysts in the UK (Echinococcus); and (b) whether they infect deer.


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    It is been here and like most parasite worm infections we also have here, it would infect deer like other mammals
    Last edited by Paul at Fechan; 21-05-2013 at 08:28.

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    Thanks Paul.

    Do you know if it's been seen in Scotland recently (Lothians, Borders, Fife)?

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    not heard anything.... but that doesn't mean it's not there?

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    Mungo, a new comer to this site is a very experienced and knowledgable vet caled Jimmy Simpson, whom I believe lives in the Scottish border area, and he has a particular interest in this field, he Iam sure will put us right in due course, once he reads this thread

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    Wales and the Western Scottish isles.

    Yes deer can get it.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Thanks folks.

    It's been cleared up - it turns out that what a friend thought were hydatid cysts in a bunny were actually Taenia serialis.

    I just freaked out slightly when he first told me he'd found hydatids, because it got me worried they'd find there way into the deer on that farm.

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