posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 09:20 AM
North America is experiencing a resurgence of "Tapeworms" Not something you want to get when every calorie counts in a real SHTF... but even on a
weekend outing with the family you need to protect yourself and others... tapeworms are serious business so pay attention...
Link to the Mayo-Clinic Tapeworm section
The most common types of tapeworm infections in humans are:
Pork tapeworm (Taenia solium)
Beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata)
Dwarf tapeworm (Hymenolepis nana)
Fish tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium latum)
Signs of Intestinal Tapeworm Infection
• Muscle weakness
• Weight loss
• Abdominal Pain
• Passing worm sections in stool
Tapeworms can also move out of the intestines and start infesting other tissues. This is a much more serious condition, causing complications that can
require treatment in their own right.
Complications of Invasive Tapeworm Infection
• Cystic lumps or masses
• Allergic reactions
• Bacterial infections
• Possible seizures (where brain tissue is involved)
This is one of the many reasons we tell you to boil water.... but how you handle food, esp raw meat is of equal importance...Most efficient prevention
for tapeworm infections in humans are personal hygiene and consumption of clean, well cooked food (especially when eating meat and fish). Always wash
your hands thoroughly after toilet and before eating. If you are living in a place with high rates of tapeworm infection, try to wash fruits and
vegetables too. Remember that treatment with medicine is effective only if you pay attention to hygiene
Tips for Preventing Tapeworms:
• Wash hands after using the toilet
• Wash hands before and after handling meat
• Wash hands before eating
• Freeze meat for 24 hours before cooking
• Freeze fish for 48 hours before cooking
• Cook meat at temperatures of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit
• Avoid undercooked meat and fish
• Promptly treat tapeworm in pets or livestock
Ingestion of eggs. If you eat food or drink water contaminated with feces from a person or animal with tapeworm, you are ingesting microscopic
tapeworm eggs. For example, a pig infected with tapeworm will pass tapeworm eggs in its feces, which gets into the soil. If this same soil comes in
contact with a food or water source, it becomes contaminated. You can then be infected when you eat or drink something from the contaminated source.
Once inside your intestine, the eggs develop into larvae. At this stage, the larvae become mobile. If they migrate out of your intestines, they form
cysts in other tissues such as your lungs or liver. Invasive tapeworm infection is more common with pork tapeworm than with the other kinds.
Ingestion of larvae cysts in meat or muscle tissue. When an animal has a tapeworm infection, it has tapeworm larvae in its muscle tissue. If you eat
raw or undercooked meat from an infected animal, you ingest the larvae, which then develop into adult tapeworms in your intestines.
Please dot just walk away thinking your superman and immune... not when your health is at stake...
Invasive infection complications
Invasive infections have a greater likelihood of developing complications, including:
Brain and central nervous system impairment. Called neurocysticercosis, this especially dangerous complication of invasive pork tapeworm infection
can result in headaches and visual impairment, as well as seizures, meningitis, hydrocephalus or dementia. Death can occur in severe cases of
Organ function disruption. When larvae migrate to tissues or organs in your body, they develop into lesions or cysts. Over time, they grow larger,
and sometimes their size can disrupt organ function, or they can grow so large that they rupture. In other cases, cysts put pressure on nearby blood
vessels, hindering circulation or causing blood vessels to rupture. Surgery or organ transplantation may be needed in severe cases.