Brain Worms
Oh boy, I really didn't need to see this. So I thought y'all might like to see it, too. Har. (This could happen to you! Aagggggghhhh!!!!!) From

Rare brain worms spread by unsanitary cooks
Web Posted: 01/12/2007 02:54 AM CST
KHOU | KENS 5 Eyewitness News


There was a time when Renaldo Ramirez, of Houston, didn't like to cook. 
The 50-year-old ate most of his meals at mobile kitchens until he found out food contaminated with tapeworm eggs almost killed him.
"He's scared now. He's scared of any food from outside," Ramirez said through his sister who interpreted for him.
Ramirez is a tile worker who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador 20 years ago.
"It was a mild headache, but it wouldn't go away," he said. "It was just there and it wouldn't go away with Tylenol."
Doctors at a clinic gave him medicine for high blood pressure. A few days later he passed out and didn't wake up for eight days.
Dr. Aaron Mohanty found a cyst of tapeworm larvae living in Ramirez's brain. If it hadn't been found, the doctor said, Ramirez could have been dead within hours from the disease called cysticercosis. The disease is usually found in rural parts of developing countries with poor hygiene habits. However, Ramirez was the fourth patient Mohanty treated within a few months.
"The cycle starts with a human that's infected with the tapeworm," said Dr. Luis Ostrosky, of the UT Houston Medical Center.
The tapeworm eggs are spread by a human host who doesn't practice good hygiene after using the restroom. An unsuspecting victim then eats the contaminated food, Ostrosky said.
"These eggs hatch in the intestine and go through the gut-wall and into the circulation where they get stuck somewhere," Ostrosky said.
Ramirez's cyst was removed through a small incision. During his recovery Ramirez learned to cook and now prepares his own food.
There have been cases of cysticercosis in South Texas, San Antonio's Metro Health District said, but it is not a major outbreak.
The best way to avoid the disease, doctors say, is to wash your hands, cook meats thoroughly, especially pork, and to wash fruits and vegetables.

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Gack!!!!!!!!!! [Image: sick001.gif]
EWWWW!  I didn't know they could infect the brain!  I just lost my appetite.
Ohhhh, massive EW!
Now I have another reason to stay away from the roach coaches.
Dirty bugger deserves it, but I'll admit, my wife's cooking isn't that bad.

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