Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1726-4634
GARCIA, Hector H. et al. Epidemiology and control of cysticercosis in Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.4, pp.592-597. ISSN 1726-4634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342010000400016.
Neurocysticercosis, the infection of the human central nervous system by the larval stage of the cestode Taenia solium, is an important cause of epilepsy and other neurological manifestations in Peru and most developing countries. Since 1987, the Cysticercosis Working Group in Peru has performed a series of epidemiological studies which led to estimate the impact and to better understand the transmission of Taenia solium. This information was later applied to the design and execution of a control program in Tumbes, in the Northern Coast of Peru. This paper reviews the main epidemiological findings, as well as the conceptual framework of the elimination program and the tools used. Advances in the control of taeniasis/cysticercosis in our country open the road towards its elimination and potential eradication.
Keywords : Cysticercosis; Taenia solium; Epidemiology; Communicable disease control; Peru.