Autochthonous taeniasis associated with intake of wild boar meat in Asturias, Spain

Abstract number: R2296

Introduction: Taeniasis is the infection of humans with the adult tapeworm of Taenia saginata or Taenia solium. Human Taeniasis is to public health problem that affects not only endemic areas. We described the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of several episodes of taeniasis associated with the consumption of wild boar meat in Asturias, Spain.

Methods: We studied the clinical-epidemiological characteristics of all autochtnous taeniasis diagnosed on the Tropical Medicine Unit of Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, a region in Northern Spain from 2008 to 2009. The parasitological diagnostic was based on examination of three formalin-ether concentrated stool samples and by examination of proglottids or body segments if were availables. The patients were following during one year before the diagnostic with parasitological screening every 3 months. The disease was cured if two consecutive tests were negative.

Results: We studied 8 patients that presented Taenia spp eggs in stools samples (56% women, mean age 49 years (range 17–72). All patients reported having eaten undercooked meat from wild boar with an average of 187 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Two patient had urticarial clinic, three had abdominal pain and the rest were asymptomatic except for the broadcasting of tapeworms in stools. Not patient had eosinophilia (mean 330 cells/mm3, limits 30–144). All patients were treated with praziquantel 5–10 mg/kg orally spaced 2 weeks apart. The parasitological controls were negative in all patients.

Conclusions: Taeniasis is a major public health problem. In Asturias had been considered erradicated but recently it is resurgence associated with consumption of wild boar meat. It need epidemiological controls to prevent the emergent aparition of this disease.

Session Details

Date: 10/04/2010
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: Abstracts 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: Vienna, Austria, 10 - 13 April 2010
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