You can protect yourself by always following these tips:
- Wash your hands well and often with soap and warm water, especially after using the bathroom and before touching food. If you ever need a reminder to wash your hands carefully, this may be it: Tapeworm eggs can be found near the anus. If you don’t wash after wiping, you could end up eating your snack or meal with a side of tapeworm eggs.
- Thoroughly cook meat until juices run clear and the centers are no longer pink.
- Cook fish until it is solid in color (no longer clear) and flakes when separated with a fork.
- Freeze meat for 24 hours before cooking to kill tapeworm eggs.
Here are some things you should do if you’re in a place where tapeworm infections are common:
- Wash and cook all fruits and vegetables with safe water.
- Avoid raw or undercooked meat and fish, raw fruits, and vegetables that you aren’t able to peel yourself and any food from street vendors.
- Drink only water boiled for a least a minute, bottled water (carbonated is more reliable than regular), or other beverages in bottles and cans. Wipe the top of cans and bottles before you drink from them or use a straw. Avoid fountain drinks and ice cubes.
Most tapeworm infections are harmless. But it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor if you have symptoms.
Source : kidshealth.org