Avoid eating raw or undercooked pork and other meats.
Don’t eat meat of pigs that are likely to be infected with the tapeworm.
Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet and before handling food, especially when traveling in developing countries.
Wash and peel all raw vegetables and fruits before eating. Avoid food that may be contaminated with feces.
Drink only bottled or boiled (1 minute) water or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Do not drink fountain drinks or any drinks with ice cubes. Another way to make water safe is by filtering it through an “absolute 1 micron or less” filter AND dissolving iodine tablets in the filtered water. “Absolute 1 micron” filters can be found in camping/outdoor supply stores.
Cysticercosis is not spread from person to person. However, a person infected with the intestinal tapeworm stage of the infection (T. solium) will shed tapeworm eggs in their bowel movements. Tapeworm eggs that are accidentally swallowed by another person can cause infection.
Anyone suspected of having cysticercosis (and family members) should be tested. Because the tapeworm infection can be difficult to diagnose, several stool specimens over several days may be needed to examine the stools for evidence of a tapeworm.
One of a variety of hereditary diseases that are characterized by abnormalities in the reactions needed for the production of heme, an essential substance for the body, resulting in increased formation and excretion of chemicals called porphyrins. Most porphyrias affect the skin or the nervous system. Attacks may range from mild to severe. Besides having […]
- Porphyria cutanea tarda
The familial form of porphyria cutanea tarda — is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait with males and females affected in multiple generations. The enzyme UROD is reduced in all tissues. The sporadic form of porphyria cutanea tarda — is more common. The enzyme UROD is only reduced in the liver. It appears sporadically in […]
- Port wine stain
A mark on the skin that resembles port wine (porto) in its rich ruby red color. Due to an abnormal aggregation of capillaries, a port wine stain is a type of vascular malformation (vascular birthmark). A port wine stain on the face is a sign of the Sturge-Weber syndrome.
- Portable generator safety
Read and observe the instructions from the generator manufacturer for safe operation before hooking up the generator. Generators emit carbon monoxide. Always run the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not run a generator in an enclosed area. Use the generator outdoors only (as indicated above) away from open windows, vents or doors. Deadly […]
- Portal vein
A large vein formed by the union of the splenic and superior mesenteric veins. The portal vein conveys venous blood to the liver for detoxification before the blood is returned to circulation via the hepatic veins.