Cysticercosis

Cysticercosis is an infection of Taenia Solium Cysticerci, a tapeworm, in human tissue that damages the human nervous system. Epilepsy is a common ailment of the infection. Pigs can also be infected with the germ, causing economic hardship. Injesting the tapeworm's eggs is how infection occurs. Consumption of undercook pork is the common means of transmission. Symptoms includes epileptic attacks,  headaches, learning difficulties, convulsions, and death. Cysticercosis has been noted as a cause of death in Latinos and Hispanics in the United States.

Prevention:
  • Make sure pork is thoroughly cooked. No eating of undercook pork.

Cure:
  • Success varies with praziquantel, corticosteroids, and albendazole.

Works Cited

WHO. Cysticercosis. retrieved 11-June-2012<http://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/diseases/cysticercosis/en/>