Epidemiology of Taenia saginata taeniosis/cysticercosis in the Russian Federation

Branko Bobić*, Lian F. Thomas, Olgica Djurković Djaković, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Veronique Dermauw, Pierre Dorny, Uffe Christian Braae, Lucy Robertson, Anastasios Saratsis, Ramon Eichenberger, Paul R. Torgerson

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Background: Russia is traditionally an endemic area for Taenia saginata infection, where a programme for the prevention of infection has been implemented for sixty years. This paper aims, therefore, to review the recent epidemiology data of Taenia saginata infection in the Russian Federation. Methods: We undertook a systematic review of published and grey literature, and official data for information on the incidence, prevalence and distribution of Taenia saginata taeniosis and cysticercosis in the Russian Federation between 1st January 1991 and 31st December 2017. Results: From the 404 records returned by our search strategy, we identified 17 official county reports, 17 papers and one meeting abstract on the occurrence of taeniosis or cysticercosis from the Russian Federation, eligible for inclusion in this study. In the Russian Federation, Taenia saginata infection has been continuously present and notifiable in the study period between 1991-2016. In the same area, a continuous decrease in the incidence of human taeniosis cases was observed, from 1.4 to 0.04 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, as well as a reduction in the territory where the infection is reported. The prevalence of bovine cysticercosis, ranging between 0.1-19.0%, generally has a declining trend, especially after 2005. Conclusions: Importance of Taenia saginata infection as a medical and veterinary problem has been decreasing in the 21st century but it is still an infection with health and economic impact in the Russian Federation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number636
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalParasites and Vectors
Issue number1
Early online date14 Dec 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Dec 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Beef tapeworm
  • Bovine cysticercosis
  • Russian Federation
  • Taenia saginata
  • Taeniosis


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