The prevalence of the disease is increasing, with a significantly reduced male-to-female ratio between 1994 and 2010. Patients with symptomatic cases of the disease often need repeated therapy and multiple surgeries. However, mortality is relatively low in cases with solitary, small parenchymal cysts and without hydrocephalus. There is a need for improved tests for the diagnosis of taeniasis caused by T. solium. Current tests are expensive, lack sensitivity, and have not been validated.
As a public health priority
Taeniasis is a neglected tropical disease. The WHO has recognized that it is a global health issue and requires greater attention from policymakers. It is a potential cause of a wide range of serious diseases and should be considered a public health priority. The disease is endemic in several African countries, including China, India, and Pakistan. While it is a global problem, there is no one ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment. In addition, there are no specific drugs that can treat cysticercosis.
The most effective way to treat tenesmus
It is important to note that the most effective way to treat taeniasis is through preventive measures and the use of anti-helminthic drugs. However, control has been elusive, despite efforts by countries such as Cambodia and Thailand to increase the testing capacity of their populations. The main barrier to prevention and control of taeniasis and cysticercosus is the difficulty in diagnosing and identifying the infected host.