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Reducing Taenia solium transmission by pigs

I. Poudel, K. Sah, S. Subedi and others

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2019) 13

doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006838

• What did the research find?

At the start of the 12-month study period, the prevalence of porcine cysticercosis (caused by Taenia solium) was 23.6 per cent in the control area and 34.5 per cent in the intervention area. At the end of the study period, the prevalence of cysticercosis in pigs from the control area was not significantly different from baseline. However, no infection was detected in pigs from the intervention area. No adverse reactions to the intervention regimen were observed.

• How was it conducted?

The 12-month study was conducted in Udaypur (intervention area) and Hirminiya and Betahani (control area), in the Banke district of Nepal. Every three months, pigs in the intervention area were vaccinated with a TSOL18 recombinant vaccine and orally treated with 30 mg/kg oxfendazole. Pigs in the control area remained untreated. The …

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