How can the Taenia solium pork tapeworm be controlled or eliminated in Sub-Saharan Africa?


If ingested, eggs of the Taenia solium pork tapeworm can develop into cysts and infect the human brain. This is one of the major causes of acquired epilepsy in developing countries.

Our researchers are examining whether Taenia solium can be eliminated within a short period of time, combining strategies such as treatment of humans and pigs and health education. The researchers will also determine the estimated costs of elimination versus control options and whether the methodologies employed would be acceptable for local communities.

Taenia solium elimination versus control: what is the best way forward in Sub-Saharan Africa?

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