Old focus of cysticercosis in a Senegalese village revisited after half a century

A Secka, F Grimm, T Marcotty, D Geysen, AM Niang, V Ngale, L Boutche, E Van Marck, S Geerts

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    The objective of this epidemiological study was to determine whether cysticercosis and especially neurocysticercosis is endemic in Soutou village about half a century after the 1962 outbreak. This study was carried out from September 2009 to February 2010. It involved a questionnaire administration, serology, treatment, coproscopy and neuro-imaging. Four hundred and three serum samples were collected from the village people, which covered 94% of the village population. By using a parallel combination of the antigen-detection ELISA and the enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (EITB) a cysticercosis seroprevalence of 11.9% (95% CI: 8.9-15.4%) was found. Cerebral CT-scans showed that 23.3% (10/43) of the seropositives were affected by neurocysticercosis. Four out of these 43 (9.3%) were tapeworm carriers. Seropositivity was significantly associated to older age groups (41-60 years old; p=0.001 and 61-91 years old; p=0.028) and absence of a household toilet (p=0.001). It can be concluded that Soutou village is an active focus of Taenia solium cysticercosis about 50 years after the first reported epidemic outbreak.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Tropica
    Issue number2-3
    Pages (from-to)199-202
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • B780-tropical-medicine
    • Helminthic diseases
    • Cysticercosis
    • Neurocysticercosis
    • Taenia solium
    • Epidemiology
    • Endemicity
    • Seroprevalence
    • Detection
    • ELISA
    • CT-scanning
    • Age
    • Latrines
    • Senegal
    • Africa-West


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