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The disease Taeniasis refers to the infestation of tapeworms in the human body. This is a serious parasitic disease that affects non-vegetarians mostly and is associated with acute abdominal infection that come with symptoms like pain and bloating in the stomach, rashes around the body, excessive vomiting and loose motions, weight loss and also lack of appetite.
HOW IS TAENIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Doctor may order blood tests including a complete blood count. They may also order a stool exam to see if eggs or worm segments are present.
HOW IS TAENIASIS TREATED?
Treatment of taeniasis may include administration of praziquantel (5-10 mg/kg, single-administration) or niclosamide (adult and children over 6 years: 2 g, single-administration after a light breakfast, followed after 2 hours by a laxative, children aged 2-6 years: 1 g, children under 2 years: 500 mg). The treatment of human cysticercosis is more challenging and may include long courses with praziquantel and/or albendazole, as well as supporting therapy with corticosteroids and/or anti-epileptic drugs.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a very common problem experienced in contras that consume a lot of pig meat like pork. Though it is not a fatal disease, it can lead to certain kinds of CNS problems, especially cysticercosis called neurocysticercosis.