Customs Which Predispose to Chagas' Disease and Cysticercosis in Mexico

Paz Maria Salazar-Schettino Department of Human Ecology, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Mexico, Mexico

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Customs in small isolated populations of Mexico are described which influence the prevalence of cysticercosis and Chagas' disease. People in some villages prefer the taste of pork harboring cysticerci. Certain triatomids are thought to have aphrodisiac properties and are therefore eaten.

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Visiting Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Center for the Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90024. Ms. #TM-3150.