Oxfendazole as successful treatment of Taenia hydatigena metacestodes in naturally infected pigs

Luis Antonio Gomez-Puerta, Armando Emiliano Gonzalez, Cesar Gavidia, Viterbo Ayvar, Hector Hugo Garcia, Maria Teresa Lopez-Urbina

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The efficacy of oxfendazole (OFZ) on Taenia hydatigena metacestodes, also called Cysticercus tenuicollis ( C. tenuicollis), was studied in 648 raising pigs. This study was performed in Tumbes Department in Peru, an endemic area for cysticercosis. Pigs were randomized in two groups; untreated group (. n = 142) did not receive any treatment and treated group ( n = 506) received OFZ treatment at a single dose of 30 mg/kg body weight. Six months after treatment, the pigs were necropsied. The prevalence of infection by C. tenuicollis among the pigs was 27.5% (39/142) and 2.0% (10/506) in untreated and treated groups, respectively. Untreated group was infested only with viable cysts, whereas treated group had no viable cysts. All the cysts found in treated group presented degeneration, with a thick membrane, and they contained milky fluid and fibrous tissue. A single dose of OFZ was effective against C. tenuicollis, thus providing an alternative drug for controlling this parasite in pigs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-973
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cysticercus tenuicollis
  • Oxfendazole
  • Taenia hydatigena
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)


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