Brain tapeworms are more common than previously thought, and they may infest millions of brains throughout the world. That is certainly a creepy thought! The way people contract this disgusting parasite is through eating undercooked pork.
The National Institute of Health's Dr. Theodore Nash said, "Nobody knows exactly how many people there are with it [neurocysticercosis] in the United States. Minimally there are 5 million cases of epilepsy from neurocysticercosis."
The disgusting brain tapeworms cause neurocysticercosis, and there is a treatment for it, but the treatment has its own downsides including brains swelling and the potential for seizures. Of course, it seems that these risks are worth it if they get rid of these creepy parasites.
While the problem is the worst in Latin America, it is a problem throughout the world especially in developing countries. Hopefully this new focus on brain tapeworms will help keep others from contracting them. The best way to prevent them is to completely cook all pork products before eating them. Also, washing your hands after handling raw pork is important as well.
Had you ever heard of anybody with neurocysticercosis before? Did you have any idea that you could get tapeworms in your brain? It is bad enough to worry about getting them in your intestines, but thinking about them in your brain is even more terrifying.
Do you practice safe pork handling practices? If not, will you be more likely to do so after hearing about this unusual infestation?