Parasites for Halloween

This Month’s Sci-Fi Worthy Parasite: Taenia solium:
[Via Observations of a Nerd]

It’s that time of the year again… the temperature is dropping, pumpkins are being carved, and there’s that creepy rustling in the woods as you walk by. All Hallow’s Eve fast approaches, and with it come tales of mysterious disappearances, strange sightings, and all kinds of things that go bump in the night.

So what better parasite to talk about than one that is sure to give you the heebie-jeebies? It’s a parasite that you could have for years and not even know it, until one day you’re in the hospital with seizures, headaches, nausea, vomiting, or even altered mental status.

Of course, I’m talking about Taenia solium, better known as the Pork Tapeworm.

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Parasites are always nasty to think about. Probably way the chest-pursting phase of Alien is the hardest part to watch.

But the pork tapeworm is especially nasty, not only for what it does to our bodies but what our bodies can eventually do to ourselves. I had always been told to make sure the pork is fully cooked but now I know why.

Nice to know that freezing the meat for 5 days will also kill the parasite.

It is enough to make you go off of the other white meat.

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