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Tapeworms

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

 

The word 'tapeworm' actually covers a number of different parasites that have a similar action, but may cause differnet symptoms.

Taenia

Taenia is a type of tapeworm which can cause Taeniasis. The worm remains in the intestine until it reaches a length of about 3 feet (1 metre or so). The two most important human pathogens in the genus are Taenia solium (the pork tapeworm) and Taenia saginata (the beef tapeworm).

Infection is acquired by eating undercooked beef and pork that contain the fluid-filled cysticercuses of either tapeworm species  (often within the skeletal muscles, liver or lungs of the intermediate host). The adult worms live in the lumen of the intestine, where it causes very few symptoms. It absorbs all its nutrients directly from the host's small intestine, which can leave the patient with depleted strength.  One of the more obvious symptoms is loss of weight.

For more details - symptoms causes and treatments - see Cysticercosis

 

Echinococcosis [Tapeworms]

 

 Echinococcosis is a parasitic disease of tapeworms in the genus Echinococcus.  It affects both humans and other mammals, such as sheep, dogs, pigs, foxes, kangaroos, rodents and horses, but because we tend to be closer to dogs, it is a disease we are more likely to get from dogs.  It can also affect members of the felid family - cats.

For more details follow the links.

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