Journal article

Pig-farming systems and porcine cysticercosis in the north of Cameroon

E Assana, F Amadou, E Thys, MW Lightowlers, AP Zoli, P Dorny, S Geerts

Journal of Helminthology | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010


A survey was conducted in 150 households owning 1756 pigs in the rural areas of Mayo-Danay division in the north of Cameroon. A questionnaire survey was carried out to collect information on the pig-farming system and to identify potential risk factors for Taenia solium cysticercosis infection in pigs. Blood samples were collected from 398 pigs with the aim of estimating the seroprevalence of T. solium cysticercosis. The results showed that 90.7% of the pigs are free roaming during the dry season and that 42.7% of households keeping pigs in the rural areas have no latrine facility. Seventy-six per cent of the interviewed pig owners confirmed that members of the household used open-field defe..

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Awarded by Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom)

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom) through project 075818; from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) grant 350279; and, in part, by pig project funds from the Diocese of Yagoua (Cameroon) and the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal industries (Cameroon). We acknowledge the help of R. De Deken in preparing the figure.