25 January 2019 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a set of indicators to track global progress in controlling Taenia solium (pork tapeworm).
Valid epidemiological data are scarce and knowledge gaps pose a problem to implementing effective control measures.
In order to generate evidence towards better surveillance of the disease and make data available more easily, WHO has recently added global data on T. solium to its Global Health Observatory (GHO).
13 February 2018 | Geneva –– Studies on human and porcine cysticercosis have long suspected that epilepsy due to infection with Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) is widespread in the United Republic of Tanzania. A recently published paper has estimated the social cost and burden of T. solium infection, providing a clearer picture of the problem.
13 December 2017 | Chengdu | Geneva –– Countries with high prevalence of cestode infections are to set up a network of global cooperation and capacity building to accelerate their control.
These poverty-related parasitic infections are widely prevalent among subsistence farmers.
The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative can offer an ideal platform to accelerate control of these diseases through projected development of rural areas, contributing to economic gains and poverty reduction.
09 October 2017| Geneva −− New target product profiles for the diagnosis of T. solium have been produced.
The process began in December 2015 with a WHO stakeholders meeting. It was followed by an expert consultation involving stakeholders from all regions.
First ever licensed vaccine and anthelmintic against the major cause of epilepsy in the developing world
22 May 2017| Geneva −− Two innovative pig health products are now available to tackle a major foodborne hazard, which causes approximately 30% of epilepsy in humans in the developing world.
A novel vaccine developed by Indian Immunological Limited (IIL) and GALVmed, based on technology from Professor Marshall Lightowlers at the University of Melbourne for the prevention of porcine cysticercosis has been recently licensed in India. This vaccine known as Cysvax® was commercially developed by IIL and since November 2016 is available for sale in India.
Expert consultation to accelerate control of foodborne trematode infections, taeniasis and cysticercosis, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 17−19 May 2017
Target product profiles for the diagnosis of Taenia solium taeniasis, neurocysticercosis and porcine cysticercosis
Taenia solium: WHO endemicity map update