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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 1 month ago

Can you get tapeworms by touching raw meat?

can a tapeworm go through your finger and get inside of you??

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  • 1 month ago

    only if the meat has tapeworms xd 

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  • 1 month ago

    Only if the meat has tapeworms. Commercially sold raw meat is tapeworm free. You might find tapeworms in meat in some third world countries, but certainly not here.

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  • In
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, but you can get Salmonella or E. Coli (Escherichia Coli) bacteria.  Wash your hands and utensils thoroughly after use to avoid contamination.

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  • 1 month ago

    NO that's not how it occurs

    Beef tapeworms is an intestinal infection caused by the tapeworm (cestode) Taenia saginata.

    This is common in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Mexico, and South America. Although uncommon in the USA the infection can occur in many states.

    The adult worm lives in the human intestine and may grow 15-30 feet. Egg bearing sections of the worm(proglottids) are passed in the stool and are eaten by cattle. The eggs hatch in the cattle and invade the intestinal wall. They then are carried in the bloodstream to skeletal muscle, where they form cysts (cysticerci) .People are infected by eating the cysts in raw or under cooked beef.

    Pork tapeworm infection is an intestinal infection caused by the adult tapeworm Taenia solium . Infection with the larval stage of the worm causes cysticercosis .Pork tapeworm infections are common in Asia, the former Sovient Union, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Infection in the USA is rare, except amoung immigrants and travelers from high risk areas.

    The adult worm mesures 8-10 feet. It consists of a head armed with several small hooks and a body composed of 1,000 eggcontaining sections(proglottids). Its life cycle resembles that of the beef tapeworm, except that pigs rather than cattle, serve as the intermediate host.People also may act as the intermediate hosts;the eggs reach the stomach either when a person swallows them or when proglottids are regurgitated from the intestine to the stomach. Theembryos are released inside the stomach. They then penetrate the intestinal wall and travel to muscles, internal organs, the brain, and tissue under the skin, where they form cysts. Live cysts cause only a mild tissue reaction, whereas dead ones invoke a vigorous reaction.

    Fish tapeworm infection (diphyllobothriasis) is an intestinal infection caused by the adult tapeworm Diphyllobothrium latum.Fish tapeworm infection occurs in Europe ( particularly Scandinavia), Japan, Africa, South America,Canada, and the USA. ( especially Alaska and the Great Lakes region). Infection often is caused by eating raw or undercooked fresh water fish.

    The adult worm has several thousand egg- containing sections (proglottids) and is 15-30 feet long .Eggs are released from proglottids inside the intestine and are expelled in the stool. The eggs hatch in fresh water and releases the embryo, which is eaten by small crustaceans. Crustaceans in turn are eaten by fish. People are infected when they eat raw or undercooked infected freshwater fish.

    Source(s): nurse
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  • 1 month ago

    Tapeworms grow from ingestion from undercooked meat.

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, you have to ingest it or the eggs.

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, you can't.  Proof of this is fairly evident by the fact that most people who cook have never had a tape worm, and virtually everyone (except vegans and vegetarians) has touched raw meat to prepare it for cooking.

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  • Gary
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Sure can. That’s why Hunters get sick.

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  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    no, they have to be ingested. 

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  • 1 month ago

    No you can't. Only by eating them by accidentally. And they aren't in meat anyway, they are in intestines.

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