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No Confirmed Cases of Taenia solium Taeniasis in a Group of Recently Arrived Sub-Saharan Migrants to Italy

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Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, 50134 Florence, Italy
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Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit, Careggi University and Hospital, 50134 Florence, Italy
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Referral Center for Tropical Diseases of Tuscany Region, Careggi University Hospital, 50134 Florence, Italy
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Department “GF Ingrassia”, Section Neuroscience, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Department of Microbiology and Center for Global Health—Tumbes, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima 15102, Peru
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Cysticercosis Unit, National Institute of Neurological Sciences, Lima 15102, Peru
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Infectious Diseases Unit, Hospital of Prato, 59100 Prato, Italy
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Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, 50134 Florence, Italy
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Pathogens 2019, 8(4), 296; https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens8040296
Received: 29 November 2019 / Revised: 6 December 2019 / Accepted: 10 December 2019 / Published: 14 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tackling Foodborne Parasitic Infections)
One-hundred and sixty-four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to Italy were screened with the Taenia solium specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay coproantigen (ELISA CoAg) and four (2.4%) were recorded as positive, but with optical density values near to the cut-off. No ELISA CoAg positive samples were confirmed by parasitological methods. Low positivity could be attributed to false positive result or cross-reaction with other Taenia species. Further studies are needed to assess the role of migration on sporadic autochthonous transmission of T. solium taeniasis/cysticercosis in Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: Taenia solium; Sub-Saharan Africa; taeniasis; cysticercosis; neurocysticercosis; migrants Taenia solium; Sub-Saharan Africa; taeniasis; cysticercosis; neurocysticercosis; migrants
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Zammarchi, L.; Tilli, M.; Mantella, A.; Botta, A.; Nicoletti, A.; García, H.H.; Castillo, Y.; Aquilini, D.; Boccalini, S.; Bartoloni, A. No Confirmed Cases of Taenia solium Taeniasis in a Group of Recently Arrived Sub-Saharan Migrants to Italy. Pathogens 2019, 8, 296.

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