Also known as: Cysticercus bovis — Beef tape worm — Beef measles
Definitive host: Man.
Intermediate host: Cattle.
The adult is only found in humans, and is normally 5m in length, but may grow up to 3 times the length. The body is white and has a prominent anterior scolex, but no hooks.
The Proglottid has a thick outer shell, containing several hundred thousand eggs.
Eggs are past by the host, and survive on the pasture. The oncosphere is then ingested by the intermediate host, the cow in this case. These infect the striated muscle, which are visible as cysts. Humans become infected by ingestion of poorly cooked meat.
|Taenia saginata Learning Resources|
Selection of relevant videos
|Taenia saginata cysts in a calf liver potcast|
Bovine Tongue with Taenia saginata
Search for recent publications via CAB Abstract
(CABI log in required)
|Taenia saginata publications since 2000|
Taylor, M.A, Coop, R.L., Wall,R.L. (2007) Veterinary Parasitology Blackwell Publishing
|This article has been peer reviewed but is awaiting expert review. If you would like to help with this, please see more information about expert reviewing.|
|WikiVet® Introduction - Help WikiVet - Report a Problem|