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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 156-160

Cysticercosis control: Bringing advances to the field


1 Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland,Oregon, USA
2 Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, School of Veterinary Medicine, Lima, Peru

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SE O'Neal
Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland,Oregon
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.81693

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Progress towards Taenia solium control is evident in the development of new technologies and in increasing regional coordination, yet disease eradication remains unlikely in the near future. In the meantime, translation of research advances into functioning control programs is necessary to address the ongoing disease burden in endemic areas. Multiple screening assays, effective treatments for both human and porcine infection, and vaccines blocking transmission to pigs are currently available. Strategies based on identification and treatment of T. solium adult tapeworms, as well as interventions that block cysticercosis acquisition in pigs have temporarily reduced transmission. Building on these successes with controlled community trials in varying endemic scenarios will drive progress towards regional elimination.


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