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Neurocysticercosis is the most common helminthic infection of the CNS but its diagnosis remains difficult. Clinical manifestations are nonspecific, most neuroimaging findings are not pathognomonic, and some serologic tests have low sensitivity and specificity. The authors provide diagnostic criteria for neurocysticercosis based on objective clinical,(More)
In a Mexican village in which Taenia solium infection was known to be endemic, we selected a cluster sample of 368 households (21% of the total) for demographic, environmental, and diagnostic surveys, and medical histories for taeniasis and cysticercosis. Coproparasitologic studies of 1,531 participants revealed infection by Taenia sp. in four (0.3%)(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS From June 1990 through July 1991, intracerebral infection with the larval stage of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium was diagnosed in four unrelated persons in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York City. None of the patients had eaten pork, and only one had traveled to a country in which T. solium infection was endemic. We(More)
A comprehensive study was undertaken in a rural community in the state of Morelos, Mexico to evaluate health education as an intervention measure against Taenia solium. An educational program was developed to promote recognition and knowledge of the transmission of the parasite and to improve hygienic behavior and sanitary conditions that foster(More)
An intervention study with mass treatment against taeniasis to prevent neurocysticercosis due to Taenia solium in a rural community in Mexico was performed in 1991-96. Information and biological samples were obtained at the beginning of the study, at 6 months and at 42 months after mass treatment with praziquantel at a single dose of 5 mg/kg. Prevalence(More)
This systematic literature review describes the epidemiology of dengue disease in Mexico (2000-2011). The annual number of uncomplicated dengue cases reported increased from 1,714 in 2000 to 15,424 in 2011 (incidence rates of 1.72 and 14.12 per 100,000 population, respectively). Peaks were observed in 2002, 2007, and 2009. Coastal states were most affected(More)
Taeniasis and cysticercosis are, respectively, infections with the adult and larval stages of tapeworm parasites belonging to the genus Taenia. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that Taenia infections afflict approximately 50 million people annually and kill 50,000. One may assume all of these deaths to be the result of T. solium(More)
We compared a plate enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with an immunoblot--or enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot--assay (EITB) for the identification of cases of human neurocysticercosis due to Taenia solium and of risk factors for this disease in two Mexican villages. Findings related to age- and sex-specific seroprevalence, risk factors for(More)
We performed a survey for taeniasis and cysticercosis among persons living in a Mexican village where Taenia solium infection in pigs was known to be enzootic. A standardized questionnaire was administered in all 577 households to obtain medical histories and information on demographic and environmental factors and on risk factors associated with(More)