Afrivet and other professionals and students from the medical, veterinary, socio-economic and environmental health sectors to address the issue of Neurocysticercosis, a condition that requently results in epilepsy in people in the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa. This is most certainly a multi-factorial problem, requiring input from all fields. The high infection-rate of the local free-ranging pig populations, lack of proper hygienic toilet facilities in many of the rural schools, poor cooking of meat together have resulted in tapeworm becoming a major human health risk. We would like to establish to what extent the high rate of epilepsy in patients in this area is related to eurocysticercosis, and put a plan of action in place to prevent this from further impacting our communities. Phase 1 is a workshop involving all interested and relevant role-players.
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