The cestode Taenia asiatica (Asian tapeworm) (along with T. saginata [beef tapeworm] and T. solium [pork tapeworm]) causes intestinal taeniasis in infected humans. Humans are the only definitive host (i.e. the host in which the parasites mature and reproduce) for Taenia asiatica (as well as for T. saginata, and T. solium). An infection usually involves just a single tapeworm (Nakao et al. 2010; Centers for Disease Control Parasites and Health website).
- Nakao, M., Yanagida T., Okamoto M., Knapp J., Nkouawa A., Sako Y., et al. (2010). State-of-the-art Echinococcus and Taenia: Phylogenetic taxonomy of human-pathogenic tapeworms and its application to molecular diagnosis. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 10(4), 444 - 452.
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