Four parasitic worms that prey on your mind





Last month, two children aged 12 years were hospitalized with a diagnosis of “brain-eating amoeba” – an extremely rare disease, occurring in the warm lake and river water. Naegleria fowleri gets into the body through the nose, then getting to the brain tissue begins to devour it.

In the United States , most cases of infection (and there are a total of 32) were registered in the period from 2001 to 2010 in the south of the country, according to news agency CNN. The last case occurred on 3 August. Parasite has become a victim of a schoolboy named Zachary Rhine.

Naegleria fowleri

I would like to devour human brain parasites lived only in science fiction movies, but Naegleria fowleri, as it turns out, is not the only microorganism that when the opportunity to penetrate into the human cranium. Want to meet with several such parasites? Then go ahead. Nervous not to read.

Taenia solium
Do not eat poorly-done meat – perhaps it has hidden a terrible worm Taenia solium

This type of tapeworm is common in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The parasite can live in the intestine of the human host, multiply, and go out with the faeces. In the human body gets tapeworm armed with ingestion of contaminated pork.
No crazy “cat”? Toxoplasma loves them as much as you

The simplest one-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii feels great in the gut with representatives cat. The parasite is manipulating its perfect victim. For example, an infected rat changes its behavior. It begins to look for places cat feces, exposing themselves to the risk of being eaten. Toxoplasma’s just what you need. In this way, the parasite will be able to return “home.”

Toxoplasma gondii

Unfortunately, Toxoplasma gondii is no less dangerous to humans. According to statistics, in the United States becomes infected with Toxoplasma one in four adults. However, few people notice in their disease, because in most cases it occurs in a latent form. Presumably, this parasite infected about 65 percent of the world’s population.

Medical experts warn that people infected with Toxoplasma slows reaction that doubles the risk of getting into an accident. Also found a particular impact on women of the parasite. Among persons infected female was observed intentional infliction of self-harm, according to a medical journal JAMA Psychiatry. Acute toxoplasmosis affects the immune system and the brain, which could cause schizophrenia.

Loa loa
Are you afraid to look into each other’s eyes? So there’s a reason

Beware of filamentous worm Loa loa, which is also known as the “eye worm.” The parasite is common in West and Central Africa. May migrate into the human body for 10-15 years. Infection occurs through the bite of flies that live in tropical forests and swamps.

The worm migrates to tissues can cause itching, inflammation, affects the nervous system and retina of the eye. Live larvae can penetrate between the meninges of the brain and cause meningitis. As paradoxical as it may sound, the treatment of the disease with medication can harm the body, which has accumulated a large number of larvae. Dead worms can block capillaries and cause disease of the brain, which is accompanied by cognitive impairment, memory problems, behavioral changes and other symptoms.

Take care of yourself and do not forget to wash your hands thoroughly before eating. Pleasant to you !
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