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What are tapeworms?

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Tapeworms are flat, segmented worms that live in the intestines of some animals. Animals can become infected with these parasites when grazing in pastures or drinking contaminated water. Eating undercooked meat from infected animals is the main cause of tapeworm infection in people. Although tapeworms in humans usually cause few symptoms and are easily treated, they can sometimes cause serious, life-threatening problems.

SOURCES:

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Tapeworm."

Net Wellness Consumer Health Information: "About Those Tapeworms."

CDC. 

MedinePlus.gov: "Taeniasis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on September 9, 2019

SOURCES:

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Tapeworm."

Net Wellness Consumer Health Information: "About Those Tapeworms."

CDC. 

MedinePlus.gov: "Taeniasis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on September 9, 2019

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