Atlas of foodborne infections
transmitted by contaminated food and water

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Cysticercus bovis

CZ: cysticerkus bovis
EN: beef tapeworm

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Foodborne Disease:
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Cysticercosis is an infection of both humans and pigs with the larval stages of the parasitic cestode, Taenia saginata.  This infection is caused by ingestion of eggs shed in the feces of a human tapeworm carrier.

People get cysticercosis the following ways:

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Persons travelling to countries where sanitation may be substandard and the water supply may be unsafe. Persons with weakened immune systems including those with HIV/AIDS infection, organ transplant recipients, or those individuals undergoing chemotherapy may be at a greater risk for infection.



Cysticercus bovis
Source: Adult tapeworm Taenia saginata - humans are final hosts
Cysticercus bovis
Source: Egg of genus Taenia in feces after flotation technique
cysticercus bovis
Source: Intermediate host with cysticercus bovis
Cysticercus bovis
Source: Life cycle of genus Taenia
Cysticercus bovis
Source: Still alive cycticerci

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