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(veterinary medicine)
An infestation by a coenurus, the metacestode of Taenia species; most common in sheep, rabbits, and other herbivores.
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a helminthic disease of ungulates, chiefly sheep, and some rodents, characterized by the development of coenuri in various tissues. The coenuri concentrate in the brain (cerebral coenurosis), intermuscular connective tissue, and subcutaneous tissue. The source of the causative agents of the disease are carnivorous animals, chiefly dogs, in whose intestine the mature cestodes are parasitic. The infection is transmitted through water and grass contaminated by the parasites’ eggs.

Cerebral coenurosis is especially dangerous for sheep. The animals circle, throw back their heads, and suffer convulsions and loss of vision. The disease may be fatal.

Coenurosis is treated by surgery only if the infected animal is valuable. Otherwise the sheep are slaughtered. Prevention includes worming sheep dogs and pet dogs and exterminating stray dogs.

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The major economic losses associated to coenurosis in small ruminants are abattoir brain condemnation, time and loss of energy to dissect the brain of small ruminants for export purpose (Adane et al., 2015) Shepherds or the owner often facilitate the contamination of the environment by opening the skull of infected sheep leaving the Coenurus cyst free to be eaten by dogs or feeding them directly with the definitive host (Scala and Varcasia, 2006)
Gid (coenurosis) is caused by the larval stage of the canine tapeworm Taenia multiceps, which is called coenurus cerebralis.
Human coenurosis in North America: case reports and review.
Cerebral Coenurosis is principally a fatal disease of ungulates, especially sheep caused by larval forms of Taenia multiceps.
brauni is called coenurosis because the larvae are called coenurus in these species.
Gid (coenurosis, staggers and sturdy) is a fatal disease unless surgical management is undertaken (Amin et al, 2013).
This cyst affects the central nervous system (CNS) of sheep, goats and sometimes cattle and gives rise to neurological signs of coenurosis such as gid, ataxia, head deviation and blindness (Soulsby, 1982).
Non-cerebral coenurosis was first described in sheep (Benkovskij, 1899) and then in goats (Gaiger, 1907).
The disease is known as gid or sturdy which affects the central nervous system (CNS), particularly the brain of sheep, goats and sometimes cattle and gives rise to neurological signs of coenurosis (Soulsby, 1982).
Coenurosis is a parasitic disease caused by larval stage of Taenia multiceps which affects various ruminant species particularly sheep and goat, occasionally humans (Soulsby, 1982).