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Transcript of Tapeworms!
Tapeworm infection is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with tapeworm eggs or larva.
What tapeworms look like
Adult: An adult tapeworm consist of a head, a neck, and a chain of segments called proglottids.
Cite A: Mayoclinic.com
Cite B: Google images
Cite C: Medindia.com
Cite D: Agric.gov
Cite E: Webmd.com (backed up by mayoclinic.com)
Many people with intestinal tapeworm infection have no symptoms. If you do feel the effects, your symptoms will depend on the type of tapeworm you have and its location. Invasive tapeworm infection symptoms vary depending on where the larvae have migrated. If you do feel effects than they may consist oft he following:
--Loss of appetite
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I got tapeworms in my tummy :)
Baby: a larva or egg
Different types of tapeworms
Pork tapeworms (taenia solium)
Beef tapeworms (taenia saginata)
Fish tapeworms (diphyllobothrium latum)
Dwarf/Rat tapeworms (hymenolipis nana and hymenolipis diminuta)
Dog tapeworms (dipylidium caninum)
How do you get tapeworms?
If u eat food or drink water contaminated with feces from a animal or person with tapeworms, doing this you ingest microscopic tapeworm eggs.
Tapeworm life cycle
Do tapeworms breed or lay eggs?
How to prevent getting tapeworms
Wash your hands with soap and water before eating or handling food and after using the toilet.
When traveling in areas where tapeworm is more common, wash and cook all fruits and vegetables with safe water before eating.
Eliminate livestock exposure to tapeworm eggs by properly disposing of animal and human feces.
Thoroughly cook meat at temperatures of at least 125 F to kill tapeworm eggs or larvae.
Freeze meat for at least 12 hours and fish for at least 24 hours to kill tapeworm eggs and larvae.
Avoid eating raw or undercooked pork, beef and fish.
Promptly treat dogs infected with tapeworm.
If you suspect that you that you have tapeworms, go to your doctor. Because there are different types of worms and tapeworms that can infect people, diagnosing a tapeworm infection may require a stool sample to identify the type of worm. If a tapeworm isn't found in the stool sample, the doctor may have to take a blood sample.
Tapeworms do not breed, they lay eggs in your small intestine after you eat contaminated food or drink contaminated liquid.