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Evaluating Urban Taeniasis as a Threat to Cysticercosis Elimination in Northern Peru

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  • 1 Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon;
  • | 2 Portland State University, Portland, Oregon;
  • | 3 Centro de Salud Global, Tumbes, Tumbes, Peru;
  • | 4 Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
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Reintroduction of Taenia solium into a region in Peru where it had been eliminated prompted evaluation of the possibility of reintroduction from an urban reservoir of taeniasis. In a cross-sectional study of an adjacent urban area, we found low prevalence of taeniasis (4/1,621; 0.25%), suggesting minimal risk of parasite reintroduction into rural areas through this route.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Seth E. O’Neal, OHSU-CSB, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239. E-mail: oneals@ohsu.edu

Financial support: This research was made possible with support from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the Fogarty International Center (FIC) under the Brain Disorders in the Developing World: Research across the Lifespan program (grant R01NS080645).

Authors’ addresses: Lauralee Fernandez, Ian Pray, Angela Spencer, and Seth E. O’Neal, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, and Portland State University, Portland, OR, E-mails: fernanla@ohsu.edu, pray@ohsu.edu, angela.g.spencer@pdx.edu, and oneals@ohsu.edu. Ricardo Gamboa, Percy Vilchez, Ruth Atto, Claudio Muro, and Hector H. Garcia, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, E-mails: rgamboa@peruresearch.org, pvilchez@peruresearch.org, ratto@peruresearch.org, Claudio.muro@peruresearch.org, and hgarcia@jhsph.edu. Michelle Beam and Brian Garvey, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, E-mails: beam@ohsu.edu and garveyb@ohsu.edu. Luz Maria Moyano, Centro de Salud Global, Tumbes, Peru, E-mail: luzmariamoyano@gmail.com.