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More Than a Billion People Have Parasitic Worms

A shocking revelation from a U.S. presidential candidate sparks intrigue: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. disclosed experiencing a brain abnormality caused by a parasitic worm, ultimately recovered. This glimpse into his health history sheds light on a global issue; over a billion people suffer from parasitic worm infections.


Professor Francisca Mutapi, an expert in global health, discusses the implications. Tapeworm infections, like Taeniasis, often result from consuming undercooked pork, leading to larvae spreading in the body, potentially causing neurocysticercosis. Symptoms vary, from blurred vision to seizures, highlighting the severity of parasitic infections on public health. Read on to delve into the profound impact of these overlooked ailments. Read more from NPR here.