A seroepidemiologic survey for human sparganosis in Gangweon-do

Kyu-Jae Lee, Yong-Tae Bae, Dong-Heui Kim, Young-Kun Deung, Yong-Suk Ryang
2002 Korean Journal of Parasitology  
Gangweon-do is known to be highly endemic area of sparganosis more than other provinces in Korea. A seroepidmiologic examination for the detection of anti-Spirometra erinacei plerocercoid IgG in serum was carried out in normal inhabitants in Hongcheon-gun, Gangweon-do. Sere were tested by enzyme-linked immunosrobent assay (ELISA) for the anti-sparganum antibodies. Positive rate for anti-sparganum antibody in 719 adults was 3.3%. Data of the questionnaire for 24 ELISA positive inhabitants
more » ... d that 20 had a history of eating raw meat of snakes, 24 had a history of eating frogs, and 24 had a history of drinking stream water. Two positive cases had a past history of sparganosis. Two positive cases showed current symptoms of sparganosis. The data revealed that ELISA would be useful to find infected cases among normal inhabitants at sparganosis-endemic areas.
doi:10.3347/kjp.2002.40.4.177 pmid:12509101 pmcid:PMC2721028 fatcat:zwdlrpkyurdn7losj35t2tdqhq