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An Arizona woman says she's feeling good, a little more than a week after undergoing six hours of surgery to remove a worm that had lodged in her brain.
Dawn Becerra and her doctors believe the parasite got into her system three years ago, when she ate a pork taco while on a visit to Mexico.
Becerra said she was ill for three weeks after eating the taco. Soon after, she began suffering violent seizures. Later, doctors determined she had a parasitic worm in her brain and it had caused neurocysticercosis — a lesion in her brain.
Although Becerra seems to have kept a good attitude — she even gave the worm a nickname, Tonya — she said the seizures it caused were devastating. She reached a point where she could no longer tolerate them.
"You have to be conscious that you can have them at any time," Becerra told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America on Thursday, "and I lived with the thought that there was a worm in my brain."
Originally posted by TexasConspiracyNut
Something to think about: It was a tape worm. I can assure you if you dont cook pork to at least 165 degrees F then you too could get a tape worm no matter where you live. They live in pork. They love pork, who doesn't? Give the worms a break. Who can't resist a slab of bacon especially greasy and half cooked with two or three runny eggs on the side.
Serious though, Cook pork and if you have second thoughts about it, dont eat it.
Originally posted by nyarlathotep
How many people in Mexico have worms in their brains?
The World Health Organization says neurocysticercosis is a common cause of epilepsy in Africa, Asia and Latin America.