Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, 403202, India.
SourceJ Commun Dis 2008 Jun; 40(2)
A cross sectional study among 450 individuals selected by strafified random sampling was carried out in rural Goa to find out the prevalence of cysticercosis and taeniasis, as well as to study the role of various factors associated with this diseases. The study participants were administered a pre-tested structured questionnaire and subsequently blood and stool samples were examined. SPSS software was used to analyze the data statistically. The sero-prevalence of cysterosis was 22.4%, which increased with age. Prevalence of taeniasis was 9.7% by stool examination. Individuals with taeniasis were thrice more likely to have cysticercosis; however no association between sero-positivity for cysterosis and pork consumption as well as religion could be established. The study confirmed a high sero-prevalence of cysticercosis in Goa underscoring the need to general awareness about good cooking habits and sanitation.
MeshAgedAnimalsAntibodies, HelminthBloodCysticercosisCysticercusFecesHumansIndiaMiddle AgedParasite Egg CountPrevalenceQuestionnairesRisk FactorsRural PopulationSwineSwine DiseasesTaenia soliumTaeniasis