Neglected parasitic infections in the United States: Cysticercosis

Paul T. Cantey, Christina M. Coyle, Frank J. Sorvillo, Patricia P. Wilkins, Michelle C. Starr, Theodore E. Nash

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Abstract

Cysticercosis is a potentially fatal and preventable neglected parasitic infection caused by the larval form of Taenia solium. Patients with symptomatic disease usually have signs and symptoms of neurocysticercosis, which commonly manifest as seizures or increased intracranial pressure. Although there are many persons living in the United States who emigrated from highly disease-endemic countries and there are foci of autochthonous transmission of the parasite in the United States, little is known about burden and epidemiology of the disease in this country. In addition, despite advances in the diagnosis and management of neurocysticercosis, there remain many unanswered questions. Improving our understanding and management of neurocysticercosis in the United States will require improved surveillance or focused prospective studies in appropriate areas and allocation of resources towards answering some of the key questions discussed in this report.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-809
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume90
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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