A major trichinellosis outbreak suggesting a high endemicity of Trichinella infection in northern Laos

Title
A major trichinellosis outbreak suggesting a high endemicity of Trichinella infection in northern Laos
Authors
Barennes, H; Sayasone, S; Odermatt, P; De Bruyne, A; Hongsakhone, S; Newton, PN; Vongphrachanh, P; Martinez-Aussel, B; Strobel, M; Dupouy-Camet, J
Keywords
SOUTHEAST-ASIAN REFUGEES; ETHANOL-CONSUMPTION; EPIDEMIOLOGY; SPIRALIS; CHINA; RATS
Issue Date
2008
Publisher
AM J TROP MED HYG
Citation
Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.;JAN;2008;78;1
Abstract
Trichinellosis is an important and under-recognized food-borne zoonosis in Southeast Asia. After 30 years of no reports, a small outbreak was described in Central Lao PDR (Laos) in 2003. Here we report a large outbreak of at least 650 estimated patients in Udomxay (northern Laos) in June 2005. Trichinella ELISA assays on serum from 133 patients and Western blot assays on 16 patients were positive in 67.6% and 81.2%, respectively. No deaths were recorded. Consumption of uncooked or fermented pork at funeral and wedding ceremonies was the main source of infection. Larvae of Trichinella spiralis were found in 1 of 11 local pigs not involved in this outbreak. The results suggest that trichinellosis may be an under-recognized but important endemic disease in Laos and reinforces the need to urgently implement veterinary and educational programs.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/11267/2330
ISSN
0002-9637
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