Taeniasis

Target product profiles for the diagnosis of Taenia solium published

09 October 2017| Geneva −− New target product profiles for the diagnosis of T. solium have been produced.

The process began in December 2015 with a WHO stakeholders meeting. It was followed by an expert consultation involving stakeholders from all regions.

First ever licensed vaccine and anthelmintic against the major cause of epilepsy in the developing world

22 May 2017| Geneva −− Two innovative pig health products are now available to tackle a major foodborne hazard, which causes approximately 30% of epilepsy in humans in the developing world.

A novel vaccine developed by Indian Immunological Limited (IIL) and GALVmed, based on technology from Professor Marshall Lightowlers at the University of Melbourne for the prevention of porcine cysticercosis has been recently licensed in India. This vaccine known as Cysvax® was commercially developed by IIL and since November 2016 is available for sale in India.

Designing a minimal intervention strategy to control Taenia solium in animals with a health impact

girl with pigs
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15 May 2017 | Geneva −− Several mathematical models have been published which attempt to simulate transmission of Taenia solium and the impact of various intervention measures. This paper takes a different approach. A logical model is presented of the risk for T. solium to be transmitted by pigs which are subjected to anti-T. solium vaccination and chemotherapy, or chemotherapy alone.

Advancing control of Taenia solium taeniasis/neurocysticercosis

Free-roaming sow and piglets, Jaipur, India © Niall Corbet

02 June 2016 | Geneva -- T. solium-induced neurocysticercosis is a global public health problem with important socioeconomic impacts. Neurocysticercosis, the cause of serious, potentially lethal health conditions such as epilepsy, remains an under-recognized public health concern.

Madagascar: Halting pig-transmitted tapeworm

Madagascar cattles
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December 2016 | Geneva −− Living in close proximity to animals and in poor hygienic circumstances can lead to the spread of diseases. The pig tapeworm Taenia solium, which can cause preventable epilepsy in humans, is an example. It is prevalent in Madagascar where WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health in controlling this parasite through a 'One-Health approach'. This approach recognizes that the health of people is connected to that of animals and that an intersectoral, collaborative approach is needed to tackle the spread of diseases.

of taeniasis/cysticercosis in countries with free-roaming pigs, poor sanitation and informal animal slaughter - Endemicity of Taenia solium, 2015

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