Neurocysticercosis

How serious is it?

What is Neurocysticercosis and how does it affect us?

Cysticercosis is a systemic parasitic infestation caused by ingesting the eggs of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. The symptoms of this illness are caused by the development of characteristic cysts which most often affect the central nervous system, skeletal muscle, eyes, and skin. Many individuals with cysticercosis never experience any symptoms at all. The other effects include seizures, headaches, focal neurologic symptoms, visual disturbances, and localized skeletal muscle nodules and pain.

How can you prevent this?

How can I prevent this?

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water after using the toilet, changing diapers, and before handling food
  • Teach children the importance of washing hands to prevent infection
  • Wash and peel all raw vegetables and fruits before eating
  • Use good food and water safety practices while travelling in developing countries such as:
    • Drink only bottled or boiled (1 minute) water or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles
    • Filter unsafe water through an "absolute 1 micron or less" filter AND dissolve iodine tablets in the filtered water; "absolute 1 micron" filters can be found in camping and outdoor supply stores