Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Taenia asiatica

  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4372-1
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    Name: Greek: tainia = tape. Latin: asiaticus = belonging to/coming from Asia.

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    Geographic distribution/epidemiology: East Asia.

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    Morphology/life cycle: This species looks morphologically similar to T. solium except for the fact that the scolex possesses only remnants of hooks. Its life cycle runs similarly to that of T. solium, while molecular biological investigation showed close relations to Taenia saginata. Main intermediate hosts are pigs; however, cysticerci had also been found in muscles of goats, bears, monkeys, dogs, and even in cattle. However, infections of humans are apparently successful, if cysticerci within the meat of pigs and cattle (!) were ingested. The adult worms reach in humans a length of 4–8 m; the cysticerci are found in the liver of pigs and rarely cattle.

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    Symptoms of disease: Similar to those after infections with T. solium.

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    Diagnosis: Infected persons excrete typical Taenia proglottids. Since eggs are typical for all Taeniaspecies,...

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Further Reading

  1. Anantaphruti M et al (2013) Genetic variation and population genetics of Taenia saginata in relation to Taenia asiatica. J Parasitol Res ID 310605Google Scholar
  2. Eom KS et al (2009) Geographical distribution of Taenia asiatica and related species. Korean J Parasitol 47:S115–S124PubMedCentralCrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Flisser A (2013) State of art of Taenia solium as compared to Taenia asiatica. Korean J Parasitol 51:43–49PubMedCentralCrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Galan-Puchades M, Fuentes MV (2013) Taenia asiatica: the most neglected human Taenia and the possibility of cysticercosis. Korean J Parasitol 51:51–54PubMedCentralCrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Jeon HX et al (2009) Differential diagnosis of Taenia asiatica using multiplex PCR. Exp Parasitol 121:151–156CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Mehlhorn H et al (1981) On the nature of proglottids in cestodes. Parasitol Res 65:243–259Google Scholar
  7. Ohnishi K et al (2013) Therapeutic effects of praziquantel against taeniasis asiatica. Int J Inf Dis 17:e656–e657CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Yamane K et al (2013) Genotypic relationships between Taenia saginata and Taenia asiatica and their hybrids. Parasitology 140:1595–1601CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und Parasitologie Universitätsstraße 1DüsseldorfGermany