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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-48788

Secka, A; Grimm, F; Marcotty, T; Geysen, D; Niang, A N; Ngale, V; Boutche, L; Van Marck, E; Geerts, S (2011). Old focus of cysticercosis in a senegalese village revisited after half a century. Acta Tropica, 119(2-3):199-202.

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The objective of this epidemiological study was to determine whether cysticercosis and especially neurocysticercosis is endemic in Soutou village about half a century after the 1962 outbreak. This study was
carried out from September 2009 to February 2010. It involved a questionnaire administration, serology,
treatment, coproscopy and neuro-imaging. Four hundred and three serum samples were collected from the village people, which covered 94% of the village population. By using a parallel combination of the antigen-detection ELISA and the enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (EITB) a cysticercosis seroprevalence of 11.9% (95% CI: 8.9–15.4%) was found. Cerebral CT-scans showed that 23.3% (10/43) of the seropositives were affected by neurocysticercosis. Four out of these 43 (9.3%) were tapeworm carriers.
Seropositivity was significantly associated to older age groups (41–60 years old; p = 0.001 and 61–91 years old; p = 0.028) and absence of a household toilet (p = 0.001). It can be concluded that Soutou village is an active focus of Taenia solium cysticercosis about 50 years after the first reported epidemic outbreak.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Parasitology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Parasitology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
600 Technology
Deposited On:27 Jul 2011 08:40
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:57
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.actatropica.2011.05.003
PubMed ID:21605539

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