CNN first published a story on its website informing the world of a man with tapeworm in his brain.
The case occurred in 2013 in Britain and it involved a man who had recently travelled to China.
It was discovered that the worm was in his brain and quite mobile and active.
Dr. Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas stated that this worm was rare and had done what all exotic and rare parasite species do, and that is they are resourceful, they evolve and improvise and in this man’s case -- move from one part of his brain to the other.
This parasite known as Spirometra Erinaceieuropaei is rare indeed and can only be found in the far East in places like China (where the victim had gone), Thailand, South Korea and Japan.
This parasite is responsible for an infection called sparganosis. This infection is common in domesticated pets such as cats and dogs. This parasite can reach lengths of about 1.5 meters.
While tapeworms are readily found in pork, it is known that only three kinds of this parasite can actually get to the human brain through the nervous system.
Spirometra Erinaceieuropaei as well as Taenia Solium can restrict pigs muscles by infecting them.
Dr. Theodore Nash said that it is possible that an estimated 5 million people globally have serious infestation of brain tapeworm.
Experts have suggested that this condition has worsened because of the way pigs are rared for meat.
The appalling conditions that these animals are subjected to have increased the number of cases of tapeworm in the human brain worldwide.