Worms creep us out, especially the ones that go into our body through raw meat, unhygienic waters or cuts. You might want to be careful the next time you eat uncooked or half-cooked meat and seafood!
Doctors in China extracted a 10cm live tapeworm from the brain of a man who had recently experienced a series of epileptic seizures.
The 26-year-old man surnamed Liu had visited the doctor in his home city of Jian, located in Jiangxi province, but the doctor could not determine the cause of the seizures.
Liu then visited the doctors in a leading hospital in Nanchang, where specialists discovered the tapeworm.
Dr. Wang Chunliang, who led Liu’s treatment, reported that the tapeworm was ‘springy, white all over, and could swim’.
According to SCMP, Liu has a ‘love of grilled food’ and that he ate it regularly, doctors believe that the grilled food that was contaminated or undercooked was the likely cause of the tapeworm.
Prior to this, Liu had been in generally good health until recent months, when the epileptic seizures began.
Apparently, cases of tapeworm infections are relatively common in China. In May, Stanford researchers found that schoolchildren in China had ‘high level of a potentially fatal tapeworm infection’.
An X-ray showing a shadow on Liu’s brain. The red circle is the position of the tapeworm. | Source: SCMP
Shanghai Neuromedical Centre president Guo Hui told SCMP that such cases were often found in areas where water supply was unhealthy or people were used to eating uncooked or half-cooked meat and seafood.
Tapeworms and its eggs need to killed with proper cooking methods, or else it travels through the bloodstream to the body’s organs. The brain is the most commonly infected area, as it ‘receives nearly a quarter of the human body’s blood supply’.
We pray for Liu’s speedy recovery and that he would be careful the next time he eats grilled food!
Be careful guys!