Tapeworms in the brain: Fearfully common

We’ve all heard about tapeworms getting into the intestines. That’s bad enough. But sometimes they can also end up in the brain. In my column in the latest issue of Discover, I write about neurocysticercosis, which is shockingly common in some parts of the world, causing an estimated five million cases of epilepsy. Yet neurocysticercosis experts consider the disease as a fairly easy one to wipe out. We have the tools to do it, but not the will. Check it out.

2 thoughts on “Tapeworms in the brain: Fearfully common

  1. I was wondering how you define “undercooked pork” in your article? Do you go by the USDA standard of 145F ?

  2. According to Prof Despommier, no parasitic worms can survive freezing, so cooking well isn’t required to kill the cysts.

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