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Taenia solium Cysticercosis in the Democratic Republic of Congo: How Does Pork Trade Affect the Transmission of the Parasite?

  • Nicolas Praet equal contributor mail,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Nicolas Praet, Kirezi Kanobana

    npraet@itg.be

    Affiliations: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Research Unit of Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Applied to Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium

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  • Kirezi Kanobana equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Nicolas Praet, Kirezi Kanobana

    Affiliation: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Constantin Kabwe,

    Affiliation: Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Vivi Maketa,

    Affiliation: Tropical Medicine Department, Kinshasa University, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Philippe Lukanu,

    Affiliation: Kimpese Health Zone, Kimpese, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Pascal Lutumba,

    Affiliation: Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Katja Polman,

    Affiliation: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Peter Matondo,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire Vétérinaire de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Niko Speybroeck,

    Affiliations: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, Institute of Health and Society, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium

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  • Pierre Dorny,

    Affiliation: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Julienne Sumbu

    Affiliation: Laboratoire Vétérinaire de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Published: September 07, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000817

About the Authors

Nicolas Praet, Kirezi Kanobana, Katja Polman, Niko Speybroeck, Pierre Dorny
Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
Nicolas Praet
Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Research Unit of Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Applied to Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
Constantin Kabwe, Pascal Lutumba
Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Vivi Maketa
Tropical Medicine Department, Kinshasa University, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Philippe Lukanu
Kimpese Health Zone, Kimpese, Democratic Republic of Congo
Peter Matondo, Julienne Sumbu
Laboratoire Vétérinaire de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Niko Speybroeck
Institute of Health and Society, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium

Corresponding Author

Email: npraet@itg.be

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: N. Praet, K. Kanobana, P. Lutumba, K. Polman, P. Dorny, J. Sumbu. Performed the experiments: N. Praet, K. Kanobana, C. Kabwe, V. Maketa, P. Lukanu, P. Lutumba, P. Matondo, J. Sumbu. Analyzed the data: N. Praet, K. Kanobana, N. Speybroeck. Wrote the paper: N. Praet, K. Kanobana.