Comparison of bovine cysticercosis prevalence detected by antigen ELISA and visual inspection in the North East of Spain

Res Vet Sci. 2012 Jun;92(3):393-5. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2011.03.027. Epub 2011 Apr 23.


A cross-sectional serological study on cattle less than 2 years old, using an antigen ELISA for the detection of bovine cysticercosis was carried out between November 2009 and February 2010 in 10 slaughterhouses from the Catalonia region (North-Eastern Spain). Circulating antigen was detected in 23 of 2073 animals, i.e. a sero-prevalence of 1.11% (CI95%: 0.76-1.75%). The determined sero-prevalence was about 50 times higher than the prevalence obtained by visual inspection within the same period: 19 positive animals of 90,891 slaughtered animals (0.02%) in the same slaughterhouses. None of the animals with positive result in the Ag-ELISA was detected by meat inspection.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abattoirs
  • Animals
  • Antigens, Helminth / immunology*
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cattle Diseases / parasitology
  • Cysticercosis / diagnosis
  • Cysticercosis / pathology
  • Cysticercosis / veterinary*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay / veterinary*
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Taenia saginata / immunology


  • Antigens, Helminth