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Geographic Correlation between Tapeworm Carriers and Heavily Infected Cysticercotic Pigs

Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, United States of America.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (Impact Factor: 4.45). 12/2012; 6(12):e1953. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001953
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Neurocysticercosis is a leading cause of preventable epilepsy in the developing world. Sustainable community-based interventions are urgently needed to control transmission of the causative parasite, Taenia solium. We examined the geospatial relationship between live pigs with visible cysticercotic cysts on their tongues and humans with adult intestinal tapeworm infection (taeniasis) in a rural village in northern Peru. The objective was to determine whether tongue-positive pigs could indicate high-risk geographic foci for taeniasis to guide targeted screening efforts. This approach could offer significant benefit compared to mass intervention.

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