Human Infection with an Anoplocephalid Tapeworm of the Genus Mathevotaenia

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  • Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medical Technology, Mahidol University, Division of Parasitology, Institute for Medical Research, Bangkok, Thailand
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Tapeworms were recovered from a 10-month-old girl in Bangkok, Thailand, following anthelmintic treatment. The worms were identified as members of family Anoplocephalidae, genus Mathevotaenia, which has not previously been reported from humans. The worm most closely resembles M. symmetrica, a cosmopolitan parasite of rodents with insects serving as intermediate hosts.