We assessed whether immunodiagnostic tests for cysticercosis can cross-react with the currently available immunodiagnostic tests for Toxocara canis in an established animal model for cysticercosis infection in pigs, known host for Toxocara. We examined by TES-enzyme-linked immunosorbent test and immunoblot assay for toxocarosis and cysticercosis the baseline and final follow-up sera of 10 pigs, before and after (3 months) infection with Taenia solium. After successful cysticercosis infection, the nine evaluable pigs became seropositive to T. solium (enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot assay), but did remain seronegative for Toxocara in both assays, documenting the lack of cross-reactivity with anti-T. solium antibodies in both T. canis assays. These findings should help clinicians better interpret serology for toxocariosis and cysticercosis in endemic areas for both helminth infections.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Tropical Medicine and International Health|
|State||Published - Jan 2007|