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Salud Pública de México

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Abstract

VAZQUEZ-FLORES, Sonia; BALLESTEROS-RODEA, Gilberto; FLISSER, Ana  and  SCHANTZ, Peter M.. Hygiene and restraint of pigs is associated with absence of Taenia solium cysticercosis in a rural community of Mexico. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2001, vol.43, n.6, pp. 574-576. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342001000600009.

Objective. To determine the prevalence and risk factors associated to pig cysticercosis in a rural community of Veracruz, Mexico. Material and Methods. Swine cysticercosis was diagnosed by tongue palpation and circulating antibodies in pigs kept in 178 household backyards. Risk factors were assessed by interviewing owners to collect information on pig breeding conditions and demographic characteristics. Results. None of the 53 pigs studied showed cysts in the tongue, nor antibodies against Taenia solium in Western blot assays. Latrines were available in 91% of the houses and pigs were kept in restrained areas. Conclusions. The present study shows that pig breeding under restraint with basic hygiene and sanitary conditions, may be effective and practical interventions to restrain Taenia solium in rural communities. The English version of this paper is available too at: http://www.insp.mx/salud/index.html

Keywords : cysticercosis; swine; risk factors; Taenia solium; Western Blotting; Mexico.

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