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10 facts about neurocysticercosis

Neurocysticercosis is prevalent in areas where pigs and humans live in close proximity
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Pigs become infected with T. solium when they come into contact with human faecal waste

Millions of tapeworm eggs are excreted into the environment through the faeces of infected people. When pigs ingest these eggs or eggs from the environment, small cysts develop throughout the animal’s body. Humans are infected by consuming food, such as raw or undercooked pork, or water contaminated with tapeworm eggs, or through poor hygiene practices.

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