Investigation of intestinal parasitism among Hispanic migrant and seasonal farm workers in eastern North Carolina

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Show simple item record Russell, Mindi 2009-08-19T15:10:19Z 2009-08-19T15:10:19Z 2009-08-19T15:10:19Z
dc.description.abstract In collaboration between the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) and Dr. Maria T. Correa from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the field experience focused on the development and application of accurate and rapid methods to detect and generally characterize Taenia solium in human stool samples. T. solium, the "pork tapeworm," is associated with cysticercosis in humans, is distributed worldwide, and the leading cause of adult-onset epilepsy. Approximately 90% of patients with cysticercosis develop nuerocysticercosis (NCC). NCC is endemic in most of Central and South America, and Asia. In the U.S., over 1,000 NCC cases are diagnosed each year, mostly in the immigrant population. In North Carolina, 192 cases of NCC have been diagnosed between 1995 and 2002. In initial studies, Multiplex PCR was used for the differential diagnosis of taeniasis, caused by T. saginate, T. asiatica and two genotypes of T. solium (Asian and American/African genotypes). This detection approach was evaluated on clinical (fecal) specimens submitted to NCSLPH for diagnostic purposes with the intent to expand screening to include a larger percentage of the immigrant populations. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Intestional parasitism en
dc.subject Migrant farm workers en
dc.subject Emerging public health concerns en
dc.subject Food safety en
dc.subject Health and hygiene en
dc.subject Foodborne parasites en
dc.subject Adult on-set epilepsy en
dc.subject NCSLPH en
dc.title Investigation of intestinal parasitism among Hispanic migrant and seasonal farm workers in eastern North Carolina en
dc.type Report en Master of Public Health en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Public Health Interdepartmental Program en
dc.description.advisor Daniel Y.C. Fung en
dc.subject.umi Agriculture, Food Science and Technology (0359) en 2007 en December en

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