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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 201
Rare human neurocysticercosis: An emerging problem to be focused

Tropical Medicine Unit, Hainan Medical University, China

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Date of Web Publication3-May-2016

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Wiwanitkit V. Rare human neurocysticercosis: An emerging problem to be focused. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:201

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Wiwanitkit V. Rare human neurocysticercosis: An emerging problem to be focused. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 May 28];9:201. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Neurocysticercosis is an important neurological infestation. The problem can be seen around the world.[1] In general, neurocysticercosis is caused due to Taenia solium, however, there have been many reports of new species-induced neurocysticercosis infections for a few years. Taenia crassiceps is the well-known species that can cause cysticercosis in human beings. The infection can be seen as a cystic lesion in the immunocompromised host.[2] However, there are some reports of neurocysticercosis due to this parasite in immunocompetent subjects.[3] Recently, there is another new species, Taenia martis that is able to induce neurocysticercosis. The infection was first reported in a patient with ocular cysticercosis.[4] A recent report showed, in addition, that Taenia martis can cause neurocysticercosis in the immunocompromised host as well.[5] These new infections have to be focused because it can be an easily focused infection. Special concern is needed for the management of these new emerging diseases.

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Eberwein P, Haeupler A, Kuepper F, Wagner D, Kern WV, Muntau B, et al. Human infection with marten tapeworm. Emerg Infect Dis 2013;19:1152-4.  Back to cited text no. 4
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.179102

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