Investigation of risk factors for porcine Taenia solium cysticercosis: a multiple regression analysis of a cross-sectional study in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

M A Widdowson, A J Cook, J J Williams, F Argaes, I Rodriguez, J L Dominguez, R Rodriguez

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A cross-sectional survey for seropositivity to cysticercosis of pigs in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, was carried out in 1996 together with a standardized questionnaire on predetermined individual pig and household risk factors for porcine infection. Serum samples from 697 pigs were analysed by immunoblot for antibodies to Taenia solium cysticercosis and questionnaires from 227 households in 18 villages were collected. All the data were analysed using multivariate analytical techniques taking household clustering into account. The overall porcine seroprevalence in the area was found to be 29%. The most important risk factors for seropositivity in pigs were presence versus absence of a toilet (adjusted odds ratio [adj. OR] 2.37, P = 0.005), crowded households (adj. OR 1.75, P = 0.034) and both corralling (adj. OR 2.14, P = 0.017) and letting pigs loose (adj. OR 2.32, P = 0.035) versus tying them up. There was evidence of clustering at household level and that possible risk factors at municipal or village level may also interact with higher risk management practices such as allowing pigs to run loose.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)620-624
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animals
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Cysticercosis/epidemiology
  • Family Characteristics
  • Mexico/epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Risk Factors
  • Swine
  • Swine Diseases/epidemiology


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