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Söderberg, Rebecca, 2020. Prevalence of the zoonotic diseases cysticercosis and trichinellosis among pigs in rural Cambodia : a cross-sectional study investigating prevalence and risk factors. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Clinical Sciences (until 231231)



Cysticercosis and trichinellosis are two parasitic zoonoses that are prevalent among pigs in
Southeast Asia. The two diseases can cause serious illnesses in humans and human cysticercosis
is a leading cause of death from food-borne diseases globally. In Cambodia, the majority of
pigs are raised extensively in family backyards in households with between one and four pigs.
Pork is the most importance source of meat in this region and is also an important source of
income for the farmers. These factors could increase the risk for cysticercosis and trichinellosis
in humans in Cambodia, but information regarding the prevalence in rural small-scale pig
production is still very limited.
This study was conducted in four provinces in north-eastern Cambodia (Kampong Thom, Preah
Vihear, Ratanakiri and Stung Treng). The objective was to determine the seroprevalence of
porcine cysticercosis and trichinellosis in rural Cambodia, and to identify possible risk factors
for both diseases. In total 139 households participated, and 242 blood samples were collected.
Only households with less than 10 pigs above three months old were included in the study. For
each pig, sex, age and breed were noted. For each household one person was interviewed about
food and hygiene habits, management of the pigs, disease knowledge and practice of treatment
with antiparasitic medicines. The serum samples were analysed with ELISA for presence of
antigens for cysticercosis or antibodies towards trichinellosis. Univariable statistical analyses
were used to identify associations between potential risk factors and positivity for cysticercosis
and trichinellosis.
Positivity among the pigs was 11.2% (95% CI 7.5-15.8) for cysticercosis and 2.5% (95% CI
0.9-5.4) for trichinellosis. Cysticercosis was more common in the province Preah Vihear
(p<0.001) than in the other provinces. Management systems for the pigs and access to human
faeces were two risk factors significantly associated with porcine cysticercosis (p<0.001).
Trichinellosis was more common in the province Ratanakiri (p=0.001). Feeding food waste to
the pigs was identified as a risk factor for porcine trichinellosis (p=0.048). Treatment with
antiparasitic medicine was identified as a protective factor for trichinellosis (p=0.005). Furthermore, the respondents that had heard of cysticercosis were more commonly men (p=0.002),
and were also consuming undercooked pork meat to a greater extent (p=0.004). Province and
gender were also significantly (p<0.001) associated with consumption of undercooked pork.
Although the present study is relatively small,several risk factors could be identified for porcine
cysticercosis and trichinellosis. The results from this study can be used to guide future
interventions and studies to improve both porcine but also human health in these provinces. It
would however be interesting with further research on the situation in the other regions in

Main title:Prevalence of the zoonotic diseases cysticercosis and trichinellosis among pigs in rural Cambodia
Subtitle:a cross-sectional study investigating prevalence and risk factors
Authors:Söderberg, Rebecca
Supervisor:Ström Hallenberg, Gunilla
Examiner:Wallgren, Per
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:VY002 Veterinary Medicine Programme 330 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences (until 231231)
Keywords:pig, Cambodia, cysticercosis, trichinellosis, Taenia solium, Trichinella spiralis,, seroprevalence
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal diseases
Deposited On:15 Mar 2021 09:23
Metadata Last Modified:06 Apr 2022 23:15

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