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Worms Can Invade Your Brain from Eating This Common Food


With eating this common food,worms can invade your brain. Once they are consumed and enter your organism, they can move throughout your body — your eyes,your tissues, and most commonly your brain. It is true that it is a classic parasite, but a dangerous one and it can get into your head.

Dr. Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas said that while examining the head of a British man in 2013 they found a tapeworm. Until then they had never seen this tapeworm in the United Kingdom.

The team of doctors at Addenbrookes Hospital at Cambridge, 4 years before that, had a patient – a man with first experienced symptoms, such as headaches. But after a short period of time the patient returned. This patient, a Chinese descent who  had recently visited China, which along with Thailand,Japan and South Korea, had most of the regular occurrences of the parasite known as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei.

Gkrania – Klotsas said “When the patient returned, he had all new symptoms”. The worm was now pushing through to a new part of his brain. It started causing weakness in his legs and seizures. In fact, the condition associated was the infection Sparganosis. Upon diagnosis doctors had to be quick to remove the worm surgically, because there is no known drug to effectively treat the infection.

300 infections of the Spirometra tapeworm were recorded in the period between 1953 and 2013. Infections are thought to be more common among the population that has very little knowledge about worms,in some parts of Asia.

Geneticist from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in Cambridge, Dr.Hayley Bennett whose team recently sequenced the genome of the rare worm, said “These worms are some of the most mysterious worms we have researched”. They know that this life cycle is more complicated.

The form of the Spirometra tapeworm adult only occurs in the intestines of dogs and cats but as these animals shed they excrete the worm’s eggs in their feces,and the eggs can enter, and contaminate the water. The resulting juvenile form of tapeworm the larvaecan then stay in the water within certain small crustaceans for a long time or it can easily end up in snakes and frogs.

Through direct contact with infected animals or ingestion, these larvae can invade humans. According to Gkrania – Klotsas, they had a patient in Cambridge who had accidentally drunk water whilst swimming in an infected lake.

Bennett said “The larvae can encyst in the brain or any other place in the human body”. These cysts can cause blindness,paralysis, tissue damageor even death. Bennett hoped to understand these sequencing from the worm’s genes and the inner working of the worms


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