Cysticercosis is a parasitic disease caused by human tapeworm larvae. The larvae enter the muscles of infected animals and form cysts. If people consume meat containing this parasite they can acquire tapeworm infections.
National Cysticercosis Program
The CFIA's National Cysticercosis Program is in place to protect human health through the detection of infected cattle and swine at slaughter. Carcasses are inspected at federally registered abattoirs under the CFIA meat hygiene program. All non-federally registered abattoirs must report any suspicion of cysticercosis to the CFIA for investigation.
What information is available?
- Fact Sheet – Cysticercosis
- Herds infected with Cysticercosis in Canada in 2015 and 2013
- Beef tapeworm Taenia Saginata
- Pork tapeworm Taenia solium
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