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10 facts about neurocysticercosis

Cysticercosis and neurocysticercosis prevalence in developing countries

Neurocysticercosis is prevalent mainly in developing countries

For decades, Latin America has had a serious problem with cysticercosis and neurocysticercosis. The disease is endemic in South and South-East Asia, and is emerging in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural areas where animal husbandry practices allow pigs to come into contact with human faeces. In many countries, a lack of awareness and understanding about the condition means it is largely a neglected disease.

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