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Worms invading your brain through food is a rather terrifying, science fiction topic. However, it might not be as much science fiction as it is terrifying.

By eating this common food, you give worms direct access to your body.. Of course, nobody wants worm in their body, so here is how to avoid them and what you need to know.

Tapeworks are not unheard of. They enter the body through food and typically reside in the digestive tract. They survive off of your food, so you basically share everything you eat with them. However, 4 years ago at Cambridge University, doctors examined the head of a British man and they found a tapeworm. This tapeworm was different though; they had never seen this kind of tapeworm in the United kingdom.

The British man had first experienced symptoms four years ago. He complained of headaches to a team of doctors at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. The tapeworm this man had contracted has never before been seen in the United Kingdom. The man, of Chinese descent, had recently traveled to China, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. These are the places where the worm has had most occurred.

Dr. Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas, the lead researcher on the case, stated: “When the patient returned, he had all new symptoms. The worm was now moving through a new part of the man’s brain. This is what made his legs weak and he had seizures. In fact, he was diagnosed with Sparganosis. That is a dangerous infection. Upon such diagnosis, doctors had to be quick to remove the worm through a surgery, because there is no drug to effectively treat the infection.”

The doctor also stated that she expects to see more of these cases in the future. If you want to avoid this vicious parasite be sure that all pork that you eat is properly cooked. Acquiring the parasite from undercooked pork is one of the most popular forms it’s ingested.