© 2015, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All rights reserved. In the Peruvian Amazon, paca meat is consumed by humans. To determine human risk for polycystic echinococcosis, we examined wild pacas from 2 villages; 15 (11.7%) of 128 were infected with Echinococcus vogeli tapeworms. High E. vogeli prevalence among pacas indicates potential risk for humans living in E. vogeli –contaminated areas.
Mayor, P., Baquedano, L. E., Sanchez, E., Aramburu, J., Gomez-Puerta, L. A., Mamani, V. J., & Gavidia, C. M. (2015). Polycystic echinococcosis in pacas, amazon region, peru. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21(3), 456-459. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2103.141197