Korean J Parasitol.  2013 Feb;51(1):51-54. 10.3347/kjp.2013.51.1.51.

Taenia asiatica: the Most Neglected Human Taenia and the Possibility of Cysticercosis

  • 1Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Av. Vicent Andres Estelles s/n, 46100 Burjasssot (Valencia), Spain. mteresa.galan@uv.es


Not only Taenia solium and Taenia saginata, but also Taenia asiatica infects humans. The last species is not included in the evaluation of the specificity of the immunodiagnostic techniques for taeniasis/cysticercosis. There is currently no specific immunodiagnostic method for T. asiatica available. Therefore, due to the fact that molecular techniques (the only tool to distinguish the 3 Taenia species) are normally not employed in routine diagnostic methods, the 2 questions concerning T. asiatica (its definite geographic distribution and its ability to cause human cysticercosis), remain open, turning T. asiatica into the most neglected agent of human taeniasis-cysticercosis.


Taenia asiatica; Taenia solium; Taenia saginata; human taeniasis; cysticercosis
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