Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
Role of local fowl in the dissemination of Taenia saginata infection
Author(s): Mohammad Lateef, Muzaffar Nazir, Khurshid Ahmad Tariq
Abstract: Taenia saginata commonly known as tape worm infection is more common in developing countries due to poor hygiene and tradition of eating raw or insufficiently cooked beef. The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of local Kashmiri fowl in the dissemination of eggs of this worm. The gravid proglottids of T. saginata were obtained from non-treated taeniasis patients, who were enrolled for this study. Locally available common fowl were raised in the temporary set laboratory and were fed with T. saginata gravid segments. Each fowl was inoculated with two gravid segments and were kept for 5 days in individual cages. During this time, their coprological material was collected and screened for the presence of T. saginata eggs and the recovered eggs were observed for their viabity by methylene blue technique. In the first week of examination of eggs collected from the caged infected fowl, all the eggs were found viable as demonstrated by methylene blue technique. But in the second week the egg count decreased but retained their viability. Therefore, the 100% viability of T. saginata eggs which were artificially inoculated to local fowl indicated their role in the dissemination of T. saginata infection.