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Diseases » Taeniasis

Taeniasis (Tapeworm infestation) is an intestinal infection with the adult stage of the beef-tape-worm (Taenia saginata) or the adult or larval stage of the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) that may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Infestation usually occurs by eating raw or uncooked meat or fish that contains larvae (immature stage of worms). Once in the intestines, the worms mature into adults with may reach 20-30 ft.

The larval infection with T. solium, cysticercosis, is a serious somatic disease that may involve many different organs and tissues. It may cause serious disability with a relatively high mortality rate.

 Both species are worldwide in distribution. Taenia solium is more prevalent in poorer communities where humans live in close contact with pigs and eat uncooked pork. Pork and beef tapeworm infestations occur mostly in developing countries.

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