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Taeniasis (Tapeworm)

Taeniasis is an infection caused by parasite* known as the Taenia tapeworm species. Tapeworms are worms that live inside humans and animals. There are beef tapeworms and pork tapeworms.


How can I get sick?

  • Eating raw or undercooked* pork or beef that has the tapeworms*.

Symptoms in humans:

Many people who have tapeworms* do not become sick or have mild symptoms.

Some mild symptoms are:

  • Stomach pain
  • Not feeling hungry
  • Weight loss
  • Upset stomach
  • Tapeworms* in your poop

What can I do to stay healthy?

  • Do not eat undercooked* or raw meat.
    • Use a food thermometer to cook meat.
      • Ground meat should be cooked to temperature of 160°F.
      • Whole (big) cuts of meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.


  • Parasite: A parasite is an organism that lives on or inside another organism, called a host. Parasites can cause diseases in humans or animals.
  • Tapeworms: A worm that lives in the intestines of some humans and animals.
  • Undercooked: Cooking food less than the recommended time or temperature.

Species Affected

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