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Cysticercosis (form of Taenia infection)


Cysticercosis (also known as Taenia infection), is an infection by either the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium, or the beef tapeworm, Taenia saginata. The infection can involve adult worms living in the human intestine; or, in the case of Taenia solium, tapeworm larvae (cysticerci, or cysts) living in human tissues. In the latter case, the infection is called "cysticercosis." When cysticerci are found in the brain, the condition is called "neurocysticercosis."

Disease Reporting

Health care providers and clinical laboratories:
Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases and suspect cases of Taenia infection (any species) to local health departments within one week of identification.
See our disease reporting page for information on how to report and for telephone numbers of local health departments.

For county health departments:
Complete the Taeniasis/Cysticercosis case reporting form and send a copy to the state health department within 7 days of the initial report.


Neurocysticercosis in Oregon, 1995-2000 (pdf) (Emerging Infectious Diseases, March, 2004)

See Also
See the CDC Fact sheet on parasites and cysticercosis.