Journal article

A hyperendemic focus of Taenia solium transmission in the Banke District of Nepal

Keshav Sah, Ishab Poudel, Suyog Subedi, Dinesh Kumar Singh, Jo Cocker, Peetambar Kushwaha, Angela Colston, Meritxell Donadeu, Marshall W Lightowlers

Acta Tropica | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017


Neurocysticercosis is a major cause of epilepsy in countries where Taenia solium is endemic and the parasite is a major cause of food-borne disease globally. Pigs are the natural intermediate host involved in transmission of the parasite. T. solium is known to be endemic in Nepal, however there is limited reliable data about the prevalence of the disease in Nepal. The aim of this study was to determine accurately the prevalence of porcine cysticercosis in slaughter age pigs in an area of Nepal where pigs are known to be free-roaming. Pigs were obtained from the Udaypur Village Development Committee (VDC) and Hirminiya & Betahani VDC of the Banke district in Nepal. One hundred and ten animals..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the logistic supports made available by the Heifer Nepal team and administrative support from District Livestock Service Office (DLSO), Nepalgunj, Banke. Valuable contributions were made by the following government veterinary officers: Dr Bed Bahadur KC Senior Veterinary Officer, District Livestock Service Office, Banke, Nepal, Dr Krishna Raj Pandey Senior Veterinary Officer, Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Surkhet, Nepal, Dr Sankar Pandey Senior Veterinary Officer, Animal Quarantine Office, Nepalgunj, Nepal and Dr Dinesh Kumar Yadav Animal Scientist, National Agriculture Research Council, Khajura, Nepal. Participants in the necropsy team included Rakesh Chand, Niraj Dhakal, Manish Gautum, Bedika Ghising, Jitendra Lama, Sikesh Manandhar, Sanjay Poudel, Saroj Shrestha, Saurav Shrestha and Kaberi Sing. The project was funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government. The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation nor the UK Government. Funding to MWL is acknowledged from Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grant GTN1105448. The funding bodies played no role in design of the project, collection, analysis or interpretation of data, in writing the report or in the decision to submit the article for publication.