Of pigs and people
WHO prepares to battle cysticercosis
The Lancet "Neurocysticercosis, the brain sequela of pork tapeworm disease, is the commonest cause of epilepsy in developing countries. Plans are underway to stamp out the infection. What do pigs, people, and epilepsy have in common? Cysticercosis—a disease caused by the humble pork tapeworm Taenia solium—is the answer. Humble is perhaps the wrong epithet since the tapeworm's larvae can enter the brain and trigger severe epileptic seizures. Of the estimated 50 million people with epilepsy in the world today, 80% live in areas infested with T solium, and in about 30% of these people the worm is the cause of their epilepsy," John Maurice reports for The Lancet.