Prevalence of Taenia solium cysticercosis in pigs entering the food chain in western Kenya

Thomas, L. F., Harrison, L. J. S., Toye, P., De Glanville, W. A., Cook, E. A. J., Wamae, C. N. and Fèvre, E. M. (2015) Prevalence of Taenia solium cysticercosis in pigs entering the food chain in western Kenya. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 48(1), pp. 233-238. (doi: 10.1007/s11250-015-0949-6) (PMID:26581436)

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Abstract

Three hundred forty-three pigs slaughtered and marketed in western Kenya were subjected to lingual examination and HP10 Ag-ELISA for the serological detection of Taenia solium antigen. When estimates were adjusted for the sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic assays, prevalence of T. solium cysticercosis estimated by lingual exam and HP10 Ag-ELISA was between 34.4 % (95 % confidence interval (CI) 19.4–49.4 %) and 37.6 % (95 % CI 29.3–45.9 %), respectively. All pigs, however, were reported to have passed routine meat inspection. Since T. solium poses a serious threat to public health, these results, if confirmed, indicate that the introduction of control strategies may be appropriate to ensure the safety of pork production in this region.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Taenia solium; Cysticercosis; Zoonotic; Epidemiology; Public health; Kenya
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:De Glanville, Dr William
Authors: Thomas, L. F., Harrison, L. J. S., Toye, P., De Glanville, W. A., Cook, E. A. J., Wamae, C. N., and Fèvre, E. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Tropical Animal Health and Production
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0049-4747
ISSN (Online):1573-7438
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Tropical Animal Health and Production 48:233-238
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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