Human and porcine Taenia solium infection in a village in the highlands of Cusco, Peru

H. H. Garcia, R. H. Gilman, A. E. Gonzalez, R. Pacheco, M. Verastegui, V. C.W. Tsang, M. Castro, T. Rodriquez, MP Torres, A. Guevara, L. Diaz, Joy B. Pilcher

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A serological survey was performed using the enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot assay (EITB) in a village in the highlands of Peru where there are three distinct but close neighborhoods, to determine if there is a direct relationship between human and porcine Taenia solium infection. One hundred and eight out of 365 individuals were sampled, and 14 were seropositive (human seroprevalence 13%). Most seropositive individuals were neurologically asymptomatic. Thirty-eight out of 89 sampled pigs (43%) were seropositive. There was a clear geographical clustering of cases, and positive correlation between human and porcine seroprevalence was found when comparing the three neighborhoods. Cysticercosis is an important cause of neurological morbidity in most developing countries, and control/eradication trials are now being increasingly applied. Porcine serology provides an appropriate indicator of T. solium environmental contamination and should be used to estimate the risk of infection when evaluating control measures. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalActa Tropica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 25 May 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We are indebted to the population of Haparquilla for their cooperation, to Dr Cesar Naquira for help in sample collection, and to Dr Lawrence Moulton for statistical advise. This study was funded in part by a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Ottawa, Canada), by grant number 1-U01 A135894-01 from the National Institutes for Health, USA, and the RG-ER fund (anonymous donor).


  • Cysticercosis
  • Enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot assay
  • Epidemiology
  • Taenia solium


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