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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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GARCIA, Héctor H; GONZALEZ, Armando E; O'NEAL, Seth E  and  GILMAN, Robert H. Notes and recommendations for the establishment of control programs for taeniasis and cysticercosis due to Taenia solium in Peru. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.1, pp.132-138. ISSN 1726-4634.

Neurocysticercosis is a nervous system infection caused by the larvae (cysticercus) of the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium). Neurocysticercosis is the primary cause of acquired epilepsy worldwide and, therefore, a global public health problem. On the other hand, T. solium taeniasis/cysticercosis is one of very few infectious diseases considered to be potentially eradicable. Recently, a large-scale elimination program in Tumbes, Peru, demonstrated the feasibility of interrupting transmission. Based on these advances, a series of initial guidelines are proposed aimed at setting out the foundations for regional and national taeniasis/cysticercosis control programs, with simple and feasible local interventions as a starting point.

Keywords : Cysticercosis; Neurocysticercosis; Taeniasis; Taenia solium; Epidemiology; Communicable disease control; Peru.

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