Journal article

Elimination of Taenia solium Transmission in Northern Peru

Hector H Garcia, Armando E Gonzalez, Victor CW Tsang, Seth E O'Neal, Fernando Llanos-Zavalaga, Guillermo Gonzalvez, Jaime Romero, Silvia Rodriguez, Luz M Moyano, Viterbo Ayvar, Andre Diaz, Allen Hightower, Philip S Craig, Marshall W Lightowlers, Charles G Gauci, Elli Leontsini, Robert H Gilman

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Taeniasis and cysticercosis are major causes of seizures and epilepsy. Infection by the causative parasite Taenia solium requires transmission between humans and pigs. The disease is considered to be eradicable, but data on attempts at regional elimination are lacking. We conducted a three-phase control program in Tumbes, Peru, to determine whether regional elimination would be feasible. METHODS: We systematically tested and compared elimination strategies to show the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of T. solium infection in a region of highly endemic disease in Peru. In phase 1, we assessed the effectiveness and feasibility of six intervention strategies that involv..

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