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Cysticercosis (form of Taenia infection)

Disease Information

Cysticercosis (also known as Taenia infection), is an infection by either the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium, or the beef tapeworm, Taenia saginata. The infection can involve adult worms living in the human intestine; or, in the case of Taenia solium, tapeworm larvae (cysticerci, or cysts) living in human tissues. In the latter case, the infection is called "cysticercosis." When cysticerci are found in the brain, the condition is called "neurocysticercosis."

Disease Reporting

What is required?

Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratories

Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required by law to report cases and suspect cases of Taenia infection (any species) to local health departments within one week of identification.

For Local Health Departments

Complete the Taeniasis/Cysticercosis case report form and send a copy to the state health department within 7 days of the initial report.


See Also

CDC Factsheet 

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