MINISTRY OF HEALTH, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, GENDER, ELDERLY AND CHILDREN

Neglected Tropical Diseases Control Program Tanzania

Taeniosis
Last edit: 2015-06-10 13:52:55.
A zoonotic disease caused by Taenia solium tapeworm. Human acquire Taenia solium tapeworms when eating raw or improperly cooked pork meat infected with cysticerci. It is associated with pig keeping in conditions of poor hygiene. Taenia solium causes serious public health as well as economic related problem, the most important being the development of Neurocysticercosis in humans, a disease caused when the larval stage inhabits the central nervous system. This condition is commonly manifested with epileptic seizures. In Tanzania, the most affected areas are northern and southern highlands parts of Tanzania. Studies conducted in Mbulu have shown that about 34% epileptic cases were associated with neurocystercosis. The main control is through health education, behaviour change. Use of praziquantel drugs for PCT like Schistosomiasis will be an advantage in the areas with cysticercosis.