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Can This Common Food Cause Worms To Invade Your Brain?

August 24, 2015 2 min read

This very idea has sent my skin crawling but it appears that something you may be eating, maybe even weekly, could be exposing your brain to worms. These are not just ordinary parasites though, they are potentially dangerous tape worms. Although not incredibly common, with 300 infections of Spirometra tapeworm between 1953 and 2013, it seems to happen most frequently in Asian countries. The Spirometra tapeworm can infect people either through contact with an infected animal (like a cat or dog) or through ingestion. The infection may cause blindness, paralysis, tissue damage and sometimes death. So what food puts you at a greater risk for nabbing a tape worm of your own? Pork. You can become infected by ingesting undercooked pork from an infected pig or by coming contact with the feces of an infected person or pig. pork If the larval form of the worm reaches your nervous system, it can lead to neurocycticercosis. And the problem is that this infection can spread like crazy through a population if proper hygiene is not observed. Helena Helmby, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says that you can actually -- and this is fairly common -- infect yourself. Until recently, Spirometra has been treated through surgery but it appears there may be some drugs that have a measure of success with the infection. The worms are pretty mysterious and at this point, genetics researchers will have their hands full trying to figure out how to best deal with them. But experts are a little concerned about infections spreading with the increased movement of food all over the globe. Food import and export increases the risk of eating contaminated foods. Scary to think about. Cook your meat and wash your hands, I guess. At this point, this particular type of infection is rare but it sounds like it won't be for long. Does this make you rethink pork or is this just a bunch of hoopla over nothing? Source: Healthy Food House   Do you follow us on Instagram?
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