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Epidemiology and genetic diversity of Taenia asiatica: a systematic review

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dc.contributor.author Ale, A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Victor, B. en_US
dc.contributor.author Praet, N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Gabriël, S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Speybroeck, N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Dorny, P. en_US
dc.contributor.author Devleesschauwer, B. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-25T13:39:40Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-25T13:39:40Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1756-3305 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1756-3305-7-45 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://www.parasitesandvectors.com/content/7/1/45 en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-B2A; ITG-B3A; ITG-B4A; ITG-B6A; DBM; U-VHELM; JIF; DOI; FTA; E-only; OAJ; Abstract; UPD56 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/7799
dc.description.abstract Taenia asiatica has made a remarkable journey through the scientific literature of the past 50 years, starting with the paradoxical observation of high prevalences of T. saginata-like tapeworms in non-beef consuming populations, to the full description of its mitochondrial genome. Experimental studies conducted in the 1980s and 1990s have made it clear that the life cycle of T. asiatica is comparable to that of T. saginata, except for pigs being the preferential intermediate host and liver the preferential location of the cysts. Whether or not T. asiatica can cause human cysticercosis, as is the case for Taenia solium, remains unclear. Given the specific conditions needed to complete its life cycle, in particular the consumption of raw or poorly cooked pig liver, the transmission of T. asiatica shows an important ethno-geographical association. So far, T. asiatica has been identified in Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, south-central China, Vietnam, Japan and Nepal. Especially this last observation indicates that its distribution is not restricted to South-East-Asia, as was thought so far. Indeed, the molecular tools developed over the last 20 years have made it increasingly possible to differentiate T. asiatica from other taeniids. Such tools also indicated that T. asiatica is related more closely to T. saginata than to T. solium, feeding the debate on its taxonomic status as a separate species versus a subspecies of T. saginata. Furthermore, the genetic diversity within T. asiatica appears to be very minimal, indicating that this parasite may be on the verge of extinction. However, recent studies have identified potential hybrids between T. asiatica and T. saginata, reopening the debate on the genetic diversity of T. asiatica and its status as a separate species. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Helminthic diseases en_US
dc.subject Zoonoses en_US
dc.subject Taeniasis en_US
dc.subject Taenia asiatica en_US
dc.subject Pigs en_US
dc.subject Epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Prevalence en_US
dc.subject Transmission en_US
dc.subject Risk factors en_US
dc.subject Geographical distribution en_US
dc.subject Foci en_US
dc.subject Genetic diversity en_US
dc.subject Genetic variability en_US
dc.subject Molecular confirmation en_US
dc.subject Identification en_US
dc.subject Review of the literature en_US
dc.subject Asia, Southeast en_US
dc.subject Asia, South en_US
dc.subject Asia, East en_US
dc.title Epidemiology and genetic diversity of Taenia asiatica: a systematic review en_US
dc.type Article-E en_US
dc.citation.issue 45 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Parasites and Vectors en_US
dc.citation.volume 7 en_US
dc.citation.pages 1-11 en_US
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24450957 en_US
dc.citation.jabbreviation Parasit Vectors en_US


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