Tiny Parasitic Tapeworm Burrows into Man’s Brain and Lives There for FOUR YEARS

Tiny Parasitic Tapeworm Burrows into Man’s Brain and Lives There for FOUR YEARS

Think about this: You receive a brain scan that reveals that not only is there a worm burrowing around in your brain, but it’s been in there for four years. Reports say that this type of worm is thought to be contracted by eating the meat of infected crustaceans, raw reptile and/or amphibian meat, or using a poultice made from frogs used to calm eye sores.

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From The Daily Mail:

In the first case of its kind in Britain, the one centimetre long worm is seen travelling 5cm from the right side of the brain to the left over the space of four years. 

Known as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, the worm which originates in the Far East, is extremely rare, with just 300 cases recorded worldwide since 1953.

It causes inflammation of the body’s tissues known as sparganosis, triggering seizures, memory loss and severe headaches.

Very little is known about the worm, though it is thought people may be infected by accidentally consuming tiny infected crustaceans from lakes, eating raw meat from reptiles and amphibians, or by using a raw frog poultice as a Chinese remedy to calm sore eyes.

In the first case of its kind in Britain, the one centimetre long worm is seen travelling 5cm from the right side of the brain to the left over the space of four years. 

Known as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, the worm which originates in the Far East, is extremely rare, with just 300 cases recorded worldwide since 1953.

It causes inflammation of the body’s tissues known as sparganosis, triggering seizures, memory loss and severe headaches.

Very little is known about the worm, though it is thought people may be infected by accidentally consuming tiny infected crustaceans from lakes, eating raw meat from reptiles and amphibians, or by using a raw frog poultice as a Chinese remedy to calm sore eyes.

First of all, I don’t know how anyone could eat raw reptile or amphibian meat, but that’s just me. This story is utterly revolting and enough to make anyone paranoid.

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