Jornal de Comunicações de Cuidados de Saúde Acesso livre


Mini-Review on Bovine Cysticercosis

Tewodros Alemneh

Bovine cysticercosis, a disease caused by larvae of the human intestinal cestod, Teania saginata, is one of the major parasitic diseasesthat have significant impact on the health of animals and on the economy by carcass and organ condemnation. The life cycle of the parasite pertains between animals and humans. Cattle act as an intermediate host; while man is a definitive host. The disease has worldwide distribution and transmitted to humans mainly by ingestion of raw uncooked meat. The faecal-oral route highly contributes for the parasite to infect cattle from ingestion of contaminated pasture with infected human stool. The lungs, heart, liver, tongue, shoulder muscle, masseter muscle and diaphragm are the predilection sites for the parasite. Eating of cooked meat and proper hygienic practices should be incorporated in the prevention and control of the disease