Beef tapeworm disease

Parasitic Diseases, Cestodes (Tapeworms)

Animals Involved

Cattle, water buffalo, llamas, reindeer, camels, other domestic and wild ruminants
are intermediate hosts; people are definitive host

Known Distributions

Worldwide

Probable Means of Spreading

Ingestion of undercooked meat containing larvae

Clinical Manifestations in People

Mild abdominal discomfort and proglottid passage; gravid proglottids may travel to ectopic sites and cause symptoms; eggs do not cause disseminated disease

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See Also:

Asian taeniasis

Parasitic Diseases, Cestodes (Tapeworms)