Cysticercus bovis in cattle

Summary

Cysticercus bovis (formerly known as Beef Measles) causes small cysts in the muscles of cattle and their presence can lead to all or part of the carcass being condemned.

Cattle get Cysticercus bovis from ingesting foodstuffs contaminated with eggs passed from humans.

Cysticercus bovis is a notifiable disease under the Stock Diseases Act 1923.

Topics covered by this factsheet include:

  • Life cycle of Cysticercus bovis
  • Human health
  • Risk factors for Cysticercus bovis infection
  • Abattoir detection of Cysticercus bovis
  • Prevention of Cysticercus bovis



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Factsheet 1198 First Edition

Published: Apr 2012