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Sensitivity of partial carcass dissection for assessment of porcine cysticercosis at necropsy
- Lightowlers, M.W., Assana, E., Jayashi, C.M., Gauci, C.G., Donadeu, M.
- International journal for parasitology 2015 v.45 no.13 pp. 815-818
- Taenia solium, cysticerci, cysticercosis, heart, muscles, necropsy, parasites, pig carcasses, rural areas, swine, tongue, Cameroon, Peru
- Many interventions against Taenia solium are evaluated by assessing changes in the prevalence of porcine cysticercosis ascertained by carcass dissection. Financial and logistical difficulties often prohibit dissection of entire pig carcasses. We assessed 209 pigs from rural areas of Cameroon and Peru for the presence of T. solium cysticerci and determined the distribution of parasites within the musculature of infected animals. Considering the presence of cysts in the tongue, masticatory muscles and heart, 31 of the 38 (81%) naturally infected animals were identified as having cysts. Dissection of only the tongue, masticatory muscles and heart provides a relatively sensitive and highly specific method for diagnosis of porcine cysticercosis.