Prevalence of Taenia solium cysticercosis in pigs entering the food chain in western Kenya

Lian Francesca Thomas, Leslie Jayne Stevenson Harrison, Philip Toye, William Anson de Glanville, Elizabeth Anne Jesse Cook, Claire Njeri Wamae, Eric Maurice Fèvre*

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Three hundred forty-three pigs slaughtered and marketed in western Kenya were subjected to lingual examination and HP10 Ag-ELISA for the serological detection of Taenia solium antigen. When estimates were adjusted for the sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic assays, prevalence of T. solium cysticercosis estimated by lingual exam and HP10 Ag-ELISA was between 34.4 % (95 % confidence interval (CI) 19.4–49.4 %) and 37.6 % (95 % CI 29.3–45.9 %), respectively. All pigs, however, were reported to have passed routine meat inspection. Since T. solium poses a serious threat to public health, these results, if confirmed, indicate that the introduction of control strategies may be appropriate to ensure the safety of pork production in this region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-238
Number of pages6
JournalTropical Animal Health and Production
Issue number1
Early online date18 Nov 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Nov 2015


  • Cysticercosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Kenya
  • Public health
  • Taenia solium
  • Zoonotic


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