‘Swine Health & Cysticercosis” is an initiative by Indian Immunologicals Ltd. to educate about Cysticercosis, Pork tapeworm and to reduce the incidence of the disease. Human cysticercosis occurs throughout the globe, particularly in regions where pig cysticercosis is common. Both the tapeworm infections - taeniasis and cysticercosis are prevalent in the rural areas of developing countries, especially which have poor sanitation, pigs that roam freely and eat human stools.
‘Swine Health & Cysticercosis’ aims to create awareness about the disease and measures to prevent it.
About 50-100 million people are diagnosed with cysticercosis globally. This number is possibly underestimated as many infections do not present any symptoms and may go undiagnosed.
Cysticercosis appears to be more prevalent in northern states of India, such as Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Bihar.
Neurocysticercosis causes approximately 30% of epilepsy in humans in Taenia solium endemic regions
This is a disease that effects the poor and those who have neurocysticercosis are often stigmatised in their communities
The disease is estimated to cause around 5 million human cases and 50,000 human death each year
The first-ever licensed pc vaccine became available in india at the end of 2016 at US $1 for 2 doses to vaccinate a pig