15 February 2012

Tapeworm parasites in the brain give epilepsy

Traces of pork tapeworm that end in the human brain can cause epilepsy, but both the parasite and its complications in the form of disease can be fought.

A brain scan showing cysts (dark circular areas)Scientists at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Veterinary Disease Biology have been involved in researching cysticercosis, and Maria Vang Johansen who is veterinary surgeon and professor at the department's Section of Parasitology, Health and Development, says the connection between cysticercosis and epilepsy is extremely well documented.

Read the full article from Science Nordic