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Title: Taeniasis and cysticercosis prevalence in a small village from northeastern Brazil
Other Titles: Arq Neuropsiquiatr
Authors: Gomes, Irenio
Veiga, Marielza
Embiruçu, Emília Katiane
Rabelo, Rosângela
Mota, Bernardo
Lucas, Antonio Meza
Tapia-Romero, Raquel
Carrillo-Becerril, Bertha Laura
Alcántara-Anguiano, Isabel
Correa, Dolores
Melo, Ailton de Souza
Keywords: Cysticercosis;Taeniasis;Epidemiology;Prevalence;Risk factors
Issue Date: Jun-2002
Publisher: Associação Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria Dr. Oswaldo Lange
Abstract: Although not considered as an endemic region, the Northeast of Brazil has the necessary conditions for the development of taeniasis-cysticercosis complex. In a previous paper, we demonstrated that Mulungu do Morro municipality, in the State of Bahia, has a high seroprevalence to cysticercosis in epileptic patients. Objective: to determine the prevalence of taeniasis and positive cysticercosis serology in the population of Mulungu do Morro. Method: blood and stool samples were collected from a random sampling of the population, by family. The identification of antibodies against T. solium cysticerci was made by EITB and T. solium antigens were identified using a polyclonal antibody-capture ELISA. Results: the cysticercosis seroprevalence was 1.6% (C.I. = 0.8 to 2.8%) and the taeniasis prevalence 4.5% (C.I. = 3.0 to 6.5%). Seropositivity to cysticercosis was higher among those who lived in a house of a person testing positive for coproantigen, p=0.017. Conclusion: our results demonstrate that the taeniasis-cysticercosis complex is endemic in Mulungu do Morro. We believe that all areas in the world with the same socio-economic and sanitary characteristics are likely to have high prevalence of this parasite.
Description: p.219-223
URI: http://www.repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/5920
ISSN: 0004-282X
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