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Islam and Neurocysticercosis

1 Surgical Technologist, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, IR Iran
2 Lecturer of Education Office, Isfahan, IR Iran
*Corresponding author: Sayed Alireza Mirsane, Surgical Technologist, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, IR Iran. Tel: +98-3157232469, E-mail:
Archives of Neuroscience. 3(4): e38060 , DOI: 10.5812/archneurosci.38060
Article Type: Letter; Received: Jun 6, 2016; Revised: Jun 19, 2016; Accepted: Jul 16, 2016; epub: Aug 6, 2016; collection: Oct 2016

Keywords: Islam; Neurocysticercosis; Pork

Dear Editor,

We studied an interesting article in Volume 3, Number 1 (Jan 2016) in the journal of “Archives of Neuroscience” and the article’s authors were Beuy Joob, and Viroj Wiwanitkit (1). We admire the authors of this article for their excellent article. In this article, it had been explained that the main cause of cerebral neurocysticercosis (NC) is taenia solium and the transmission pathway of this parasite is via pork consumption (2, 3). Also currently, researchers suggested that unfortunately NC is the most common parasitic disease of the brain worldwide. Moreover, it is still a cause of unacceptable diseases and mortality in endemic regions and can be considered as an important public health problem in high-income countries such as non-Muslim developing countries (4, 5). According to the Holy Quran, it is not permissible for a Muslim to consume pork‎ (6); so, all Muslims are agreed that eating pork is forbidden. On the other hand, NC is almost non-existent in Islamic countries (3). In conclusion, the adherents of Quran and Islamic preachers are advised to try to eradicate the NC. Of course, NC is one of the main reasons for not eating pork meat.


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