Coenurus cerebralis infection in Ethiopian Highland sheep: Incidence and observations on pathogenesis and clinical signs.
Posterior paralysis in a lamb caused by Coenurus cerebralis cyst in the lumbar spinal cord.
, the metacestodal stage of Taenia multiceps (Leske, 1780) is mainly found in brain and sometimes in spinal cord of small ruminants (Soulsby, 1982).
Laboratory investigation confirmed it as a Coenurus cerebralis
is the larval form of Taenia multiceps which lives in small intestines of carnivores (Christodoulopoulos, 2007).
Involvement of brain may produce nervous symptoms like 'gid' caused by Coenurus cerebralis
and thus oestrosis is also referred as 'false gid' (Soulsby, 1992; Sharma et al., 2014).
Coenurus cysts with multiple scolices recorded from brain and spinal cord of sheep and goat have been identified as Coenurus cerebralis
, while those from connective tissues and visceral organs are considered as C.
Metacestode is morphologically similar to Coenurus cerebralis
, metacestode of Taenia multiceps in sheep and goats but reaches maturity outside the central nervous system such as subcutaneous fascia, intramuscular and peritoneal areas without any apparent clinical signs in infected animals.