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Volume 17, Number 1—January 2011

CME ACTIVITY - Synopsis

Public Health Implications of Cysticercosis Acquired in the United States

Frank J. SorvilloComments to Author , Patricia Wilkins, Shira Shafir, and Mark Eberhard
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA (F. Sorvillo, S. Shafir); Touro University International, Cypress, California, USA (F. Sorvillo); Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles (F. Sorvillo); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (P. Wilkins, M. Eberhard)

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Table 1

Published reports of cysticercosis cases that were acquired in the United States, 1954–2005

Location Year of
onset or report No.
cases Form Probable or suspected source Reference
Minnesota 2005 1 Neurologic NR (9)
Chicago, IL 1996 2 Neurologic NR (10)
Oregon 1995–2000 5 Neurologic 1 had a household visitor from a disease- endemic area (11)
Chicago, IL 1986–1994 8 Neurologic 4 had recent visitors from disease-endemic areas (12)
Houston, TX 1985–1991 1 Neurologic NR (13)
South Carolina 1990 1 Neurologic Neighbor’s friends from a disease-endemic area (14)
Boston, MA 1990 1 Neurologic Father with tapeworm (14,15)
Los Angeles, CA 1988–1990 10 Neurologic Household contact with tapeworm in 2 cases (16)
New York 1989 4† Neurologic Domestic employees, 1 who had tapeworm (8)
North Carolina 1989 1 Neurologic Seasonal workers from disease-endemic area (14)
Boston, MA 1986† 1 Neurologic NR (17)
Los Angeles, CA 1980–1986 14 Neurologic NR (18)
Denver, CO 1976–1985 1 Neurologic NR (19)
Los Angeles, CA 1981–1982 7 Neurologic NR (20)
Los Angeles, CA 1973–1983 12 Neurologic NR (5)
Los Angeles, CA 1979 1 Subcutaneous Domestic employee who had tapeworm (21)
Pennsylvania 1979† 1 Neurologic Father who had tapeworm (22)
Hershey, PA 1975 1 Ocular NR (23)
Louisiana 1954 3 1 case neurologic and subcutaneous NR (24)
Louisiana 1954 1 Neurologic NR (25)

*Some reports did not name specific cities within the state. NR, not reported.
†There were 7 additional seropositive cases detected in the community from which the initial cases were identified.

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