Epidemiology and control of cysticercosis in Peru

Authors

  • Hector H. Garcia Departamento de Microbiología, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú. Centro de Salud Global - Tumbes, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Tumbes, Perú. Unidad de Cisticercosis, Departamento de Neuropediatría y Enfermedades Transmisibles, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurológicas, Lima, Perú. Médico. Doctor en Salud Internacional.
  • Armando E. Gonzalez Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú. Biólogo.
  • Silvia Rodriguez Unidad de Cisticercosis, Departamento de Neuropediatría y Enfermedades Transmisibles, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurológicas, Lima, Perú. Biólogo. Magíster en Microbiología.
  • Guillermo Gonzalvez Centro de Salud Global - Tumbes, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Tumbes, Perú. Médico.
  • Fernando Llanos-Zavalaga Facultad de Salud Pública y Administración, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú. Médico. Magíster en Salud Pública.
  • Victor C.W Tsang Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Doctor en Salud Internacional. Doctor en Bioquímica.
  • Robert H. Gilman Departamento de Salud Internacional, Universidad Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Médico. Diploma en Medicina Tropica.
  • por el Grupo de Trabajo en Cisticercosis en Perú

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2010.274.1533

Keywords:

Cysticercosis, Taenia solium, Epidemiology, Communicable disease control, Peru

Abstract

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.

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Published

2010-12-23

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Garcia HH, Gonzalez AE, Rodriguez S, Gonzalvez G, Llanos-Zavalaga F, Tsang VC, et al. Epidemiology and control of cysticercosis in Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2010 Dec. 23 [cited 2024 May 27];27(4). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1533

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