Different tapeworm species – Humans as host of the tapeworm

Different tapeworm species - Humans as host of the tapewormAnyone who has a tapeworm caught does not have to immediately panic. The incidence of some types of tapeworm may have dire consequences.
The tapeworm exists in about 3,500 different species. Tapeworms use human and animal as a final or intermediate host. The intestinal infection caused by a tapeworm causes most cases of mild symptoms such as weight loss, anorexia and diarrhea. But the parasitic flatworm can cysticercosis (cyst formation) and toxoplasmosis cause. During the cyst formation the brain can be affected and it may neurological problems such as confusion or seizures occur. Toxoplasmosis in the adult seems harmless, an unborn child can carry immense damage it.

Fox and dog tapeworm
The fox tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) and of the tapeworm, called Echinococcus granulosus technical terminology, are for the most dangerous people. The infection is called echinococcosis. Functioning as intermediate host of vital organs of man from the larvae of the tapeworm are attacked and damaged. It comes to cysticercosis, occur in the tumor-like growths in the muscles, liver and brain. Often, these can only be removed surgically. Although echinococcosis in Europe is the most common parasitic infection, it is believed that the fox tapeworm eggs are not always harmful to humans and the consumption may have consequences in some cases. Due to lack of hygiene dog tapeworm, the fox and the feces of animals transmitted through.

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Fish tapeworm
The fish tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium latum) can infect humans. Intermediate hosts for the fish tapeworm are water crabs and freshwater fish. Human, dog and cat act as final hosts while, but most remain without symptoms. Occasionally, the infection with the fish tapeworm an anemia anemia) cause (. This infection is treated with medication.

Pork tapeworm
In general, man is the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) as definitive host and the infection causes no symptoms. Pigs are intermediate hosts for this tapeworm. When eating a raw piece of meat roasted or not a person is infected. In rare cases the man is also missing the intermediate host. This infection has Zystirzokose result. Mild symptoms such as headaches, as well as severe symptoms such as meningitis and neurological problems can occur.

Beef tapeworm
In the technical language of the beef tapeworm Taenia saginata is called. Again, the man acts as a final host, the cattle as intermediate host. The infection is often without symptoms. But as with any tapeworm infestation can it for weight loss and stomach problems occur. The tapeworm infection is treated with medication.

Dwarf tapeworm
In the dwarf tapeworm (Hymenolepis nana) is a very small species of the parasite. Mice and rats are the intermediate hosts, the man serves as the final host. Mainly children are infected. The disease course remains up to gastrointestinal problems quite beschwerdelos. Drug treatment is sufficient.