The aim of all our efforts and the final goal of this team is to develop WormSpotter, a tool to diagnose infection with the tapeworm Taenia Solium. But why do we care about this particular parasite?
First of all, this worm is infecting people in countries all over the world, but remains rarely diagnosed. On the map below you can see that in 2015, infection with the tapeworm T. solium was endemic in more than half of the countries in South America and Africa, as well as in many countries of Asia. Even in Eastern Europe and parts of North America, the worm infection is frequent.
And not only is an infection with a tapeworm disagreeable - T. solium can cause Cysticercosis, a condition leading to severe health problems such as seizures, loss of vision or epilepsy. All the more reason to set out to find a solution to the problem of T. solium infection!
Stay tuned to find out more about the tapeworm and support us on our way to find a solution!
(Picture taken from the 2015 WHO report on Taeniasis/Cysticercosis: http://www.who.int/taeniasis/epidemiology/en/)