Worm That Lived in Man’s Brain for Four Years Has Genome Mapped

Published:November 21st, 2014

By: Maria Vargas

Researchers found a genome of a rare brain-infesting worm after being inside a British man’s head for four years. This worm is most commonly called Spirometra Erinacieuropaei, and has only been reported 300 times since its discovery in 1953. As the worm travels through the brain it causes seizures, memory loss and headaches. The worm is third the size of a human’s nose, approximately 1 centimeter long. In 2012, surgeons successfully removed the worm and the patient is currently doing well. Researchers are unclear how the worm originates and or how the man got infected. However, it is most recommended to avoid raw reptile and amphibian meat for they are speculated to transmit the worm.

worm in brain

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/weird-science/worm-lived-mans-brain-four-years-has-genome-mapped-n253771

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