Brain tapeworms ‘leading worldwide cause of epilepsy’

Posted Apr 26 2011 in Conditions related to epilepsy

The leading cause of epilepsy worldwide is tapeworms in the brain.

This is according to science expert and author Amy Stewart, who noted this is usually down to infected water being drunk in the developing world, or food being eaten which has not been properly cooked.

Speaking to NPR, she explained that she was "astonished" to find out that tapeworms in the brain is the most common reason globally why individuals develop epilepsy.

"You actually have cases of people being diagnosed with brain tumours only to find out what they actually have is a tapeworm living in their brain," Stewart added.

She was speaking to the news provider about her new book Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects, which goes into detail about the Asian giant hornet, an insect so large it can be mistaken for a bird.

The tome is the follow-up to previous titles by the author including best-sellers Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential. 

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