IMPORTANT: CNN – DO NOT EAT THESE FOODS AS THEY CAN MAKE WORMS IN YOUR BODY!
Did you know that worms can invade your brain? This is a warning so you can start to avoid some food right away.
These worms can do some damages and live as parasites in your body. To be exact, they can live in your brain and cause some serious consequences.
When Dr. Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas examined the head of a man with a tapeworm that was inside, it was a kind of a warm that had never seen before in the UK.
Several years ago, the team of Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge examined a man for his headaches. He returned for tests after a short time with new symptoms.
The patient had previously traveled to China, a country that had the most cases of the parasite known as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei throughout Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
The consequences the warm was causing were seizures and weakness, along with headaches. The man had an infection named sparganosis, kid of a parasitic infection which is caused by tapeworm larvae plerocercoid diphyllobothroid belonging to the genus Spirometra. After the diagnosis, the patient needed surgery, because this infection cannot be treated by drugs.
There are lots of tapeworms, but only three of them infect the brain. According to Helena Helmby of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the pork tapeworm is the main culprit of infecting the brain.
You can get this infection if you eat undercooked pork from pigs that are already infected with this parasite. This results in taeniasis, when an adult worm resides in the intestine.
The second form of infection is when a person is in direct contact with animal feces. This can cause neurocysticercosis, a condition when the larval worm infects the nervous system and brain. This type of infection is very dangerous because it can cause epilepsy.
Although the infection is more common in some parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the global distribution of pork tapeworm is increasing – Dr. Klotsas has already had three neurocysticercosis patients in their care in Cambridge.
There are certain types of drugs that can help but the most effective method is to be removed by surgery.
There are other concerns, like the world food trade, the international travels, or the risk of eating infected food.
The message to be spread here and the region where these infections are possible is to be treated and to raise awareness about the situation.