Revista de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0124-0064
AGUDELO-FLOREZ, Piedad; RESTREPO, Berta N and PALACIO, Luis G. Knowledge and practices concerning taeniasis-cysticercosis in Colombian pig-breeders. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.2, pp.191-199. ISSN 0124-0064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642009000200004.
Objective Describing knowledge and practices regarding taeniasis-cysticercosis and cysticercosis prevalence in the village of Andagoya, Colombia. Methods The study design was qualitative and quantitative. The study population consisted of pig breeders and their families, local groups and pigs. Results Study participants had partial knowledge of the taeniasis-cysticercosis complex. They considered taeniasis to be an illness resulting from faecal transmission and not caused by becoming infected with cysticercosis after consuming pork. Pig breeding is not carried out in confined conditions and, although breeders know the right measures for controlling some parasitic illnesses, these practices are not observed. There was 8.7% presence of T. solium antibodies in pig breeders and their relatives and 20.9% in the pigs. Conclusions An educational programme aimed at raising the population's awareness of the taeniasis-cysticercosis complex cycle should be developed; this will facilitate control measures being applied.
Keywords : Taeniasis; cysticercosis; antibody; Taenia solium; knowledge.