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Rare brain worms spread by unsanitary cooks[Texas]
KHOU | KENS 5 ^ | 01/12/2007

Posted on 01/12/2007 2:27:10 PM PST by SwinneySwitch

There was a time when Renaldo Ramirez, of Houston, didn't like to cook.

The 50-year-old ate most of his meals at mobile kitchens until he found out food contaminated with tapeworm eggs almost killed him.

"He's scared now. He's scared of any food from outside," Ramirez said through his sister who interpreted for him.

Ramirez is a tile worker who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador 20 years ago.

"It was a mild headache, but it wouldn't go away," he said. "It was just there and it wouldn't go away with Tylenol."

Doctors at a clinic gave him medicine for high blood pressure. A few days later he passed out and didn't wake up for eight days.

Dr. Aaron Mohanty found a cyst of tapeworm larvae living in Ramirez's brain. If it hadn't been found, the doctor said, Ramirez could have been dead within hours from the disease called cysticercosis. The disease is usually found in rural parts of developing countries with poor hygiene habits. However, Ramirez was the fourth patient Mohanty treated within a few months.

"The cycle starts with a human that's infected with the tapeworm," said Dr. Luis Ostrosky, of the UT Houston Medical Center.

The tapeworm eggs are spread by a human host who doesn't practice good hygiene after using the restroom. An unsuspecting victim then eats the contaminated food, Ostrosky said.

"These eggs hatch in the intestine and go through the gut-wall and into the circulation where they get stuck somewhere," Ostrosky said.

Ramirez's cyst was removed through a small incision. During his recovery Ramirez learned to cook and now prepares his own food.

There have been cases of cysticercosis in South Texas, San Antonio's Metro Health District said, but it is not a major outbreak.

The best way to avoid the disease, doctors say, is to wash your hands, cook meats thoroughly, especially pork, and to wash fruits and vegetables.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cysticercosis; health; publichealth; publicmenace; tapeworms
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"The disease is usually found in rural parts of developing countries with poor hygiene habits. However, Ramirez was the fourth patient Mohanty treated within a few months."
1 posted on 01/12/2007 2:27:13 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch
"The cycle starts with a human that's infected with the tapeworm," said Dr. Luis Ostrosky, of the UT Houston Medical Center.

The tapeworm eggs are spread by a human host who doesn't practice good hygiene after using the restroom. An unsuspecting victim then eats the contaminated food, Ostrosky said.

Well, Yuch!!!!

2 posted on 01/12/2007 2:28:41 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Bringing us the diseases Americans won't bring...


3 posted on 01/12/2007 2:29:50 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: Lx

Yuch, about sums it up...my face in a grimace.


4 posted on 01/12/2007 2:30:03 PM PST by Kimmers (It's not what you take when you leave this world behind, it's what you leave behind when you go)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"He's scared now. He's scared of any food from outside," Ramirez said through his sister who interpreted for him.

Ramirez is a tile worker who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador 20 years ago.

And He STILL hasn't learned English!

5 posted on 01/12/2007 2:30:09 PM PST by CAWats
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To: Lx

Welcome to the 3rd. World everyone!


6 posted on 01/12/2007 2:30:30 PM PST by Bushwacker777
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To: Bushwacker777

Indeed. Brain worms and all.


7 posted on 01/12/2007 2:31:40 PM PST by mutley
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To: SwinneySwitch

And our border is open to millions of third world illegals who don't have have or know good hygiene habits doing all kinds of work with our food chain.


8 posted on 01/12/2007 2:32:44 PM PST by YellowRoseofTx
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To: King Moonracer

TB from Bangladesh, brain worms from Mexico, Chacas disease from central America, HIV from Haiti...


9 posted on 01/12/2007 2:32:52 PM PST by Bushwacker777
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To: SwinneySwitch
"He's scared now. He's scared of any food from outside," Ramirez said through his sister who interpreted for him.

Non-English speaking, huh?

Ramirez is a tile worker who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador 20 years ago.

Here in this country 20 years, and can't speak English. Of course he's an illegal criminal, but the article fails to mention this.

I wonder who's the real parasite...the tape worms or this gentleman?

10 posted on 01/12/2007 2:33:07 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (Paul/Tancredo 2008)
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To: Bushwacker777

"TB from Bangladesh, brain worms from Mexico, Chacas disease from central America, HIV from Haiti..."

Can Ebola and Bird Flu be far behind?


11 posted on 01/12/2007 2:34:18 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: Bushwacker777

E coli from California.


12 posted on 01/12/2007 2:34:36 PM PST by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx.")
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To: SwinneySwitch
Ramirez said through his sister who interpreted for him. Ramirez is a tile worker who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador 20 years ago.

20 years and still can't speak english.....
13 posted on 01/12/2007 2:34:43 PM PST by fhlh (Liberal (noun): A person so open minded, their brains have fallen out of their head.)
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To: King Moonracer

--Bringing us the diseases Americans won't bring...--

Sounds like he got the disease IN America.


14 posted on 01/12/2007 2:35:31 PM PST by UpAllNight
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To: King Moonracer
Bringing us the diseases Americans won't bring...
Mexican worms: Gobbling up brains American worms won't.
15 posted on 01/12/2007 2:35:37 PM PST by samtheman
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To: SwinneySwitch
"...The best way to avoid the disease, doctors say, is to wash your hands, cook meats thoroughly, especially pork, and to wash fruits and vegetables..."

I would say that the best way to avoid the disease is to avoid refugees from festering third-world sh**holes.

But, I'm not a doctor.
16 posted on 01/12/2007 2:35:45 PM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Technically, we're all Republicans)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Ummmm, can this be spread on lettuce like a taco belled event?


17 posted on 01/12/2007 2:36:08 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: SwinneySwitch

Rare brain worms spread by unsanitary cooks
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I want my brain worms well-done.


18 posted on 01/12/2007 2:36:16 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: YellowRoseofTx
"...millions of third world illegals ...doing all kinds of work with our food chain."

I dislike paranoia but I'm really getting leery of eating out. The food service world can't take too many more hits before they feel it. It's out of control.

19 posted on 01/12/2007 2:37:01 PM PST by n230099 ("If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.")
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To: SwinneySwitch

Wasn't there an episode of House MD about brain tapeworms?


20 posted on 01/12/2007 2:38:53 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
In a lot of places, like Mexico, El Salvador, Bolivia, Paraguay, there are street vendors selling stuff like tacos, empanadas, even ceviche and fresh fruit juice.

When I realized that there are few public restrooms, let alone a place to wash up, my appetite for street food went way down.

Something like this could have happened to Mr Ramirez.

Come to think of it, in the lunch wagons that visit construction sites and office parks in the US, where do those employees wash up? Granted most of what they sell is prepackaged and they wear gloves (with no proper glove protocol), but without a sink and hot water they don't wash up any more than the taco stands in Ensenada.
21 posted on 01/12/2007 2:40:32 PM PST by DBrow
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To: SwinneySwitch

Exact same thing happened to the uncle of a coworker of mine. He bought some sort of pork burrito or something from one of those Mexican carts on the street. I have sworn off pork and am real leery about eating at any restaurant, especially fast food places, since so many hire illegals. Just one more way I, and many other Americans, have had to adjust and adapt because of the illegal invasion.


23 posted on 01/12/2007 2:40:53 PM PST by Nea Wood
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To: SwinneySwitch

Just another reason to eat at home!


24 posted on 01/12/2007 2:41:20 PM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment rights--buy another gun today.)
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To: Lx

I think all food service places whether mobile or not should have a sanitary hand washing sink well in view of the customers. If you see someone going towards your food without washing their hands. Go out the door. You never know if someone washes their hands after using the restroom so I for one want to see them lather up.


25 posted on 01/12/2007 2:41:22 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I want my brain worms well-done.

Cue Comfortably Numb...


26 posted on 01/12/2007 2:41:26 PM PST by DBrow
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To: lastchance
Yep, they came form the cat doing its business in his sandbox.
27 posted on 01/12/2007 2:42:27 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: DBrow
Come to think of it, in the lunch wagons that visit construction sites and office parks in the US, where do those employees wash up?

They use the "hot dog" water...

28 posted on 01/12/2007 2:43:29 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: YellowRoseofTx

"... doing all kinds of work with our food chain."

I've been to fast food joints in Texas. I'll take those employees over the native fast-food employees in Mississippi ANYDAY.


29 posted on 01/12/2007 2:43:42 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Nea Wood

"real leery about eating at any restaurant, especially fast food places, since so many hire illegals. Just one more way I, and many other Americans, have had to adjust and adapt because of the illegal invasion."

Post #29. It's funny hearing you guys complain.


30 posted on 01/12/2007 2:46:53 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: UpAllNight

Sounds like he got the disease IN America.... from all the filth brought in.


31 posted on 01/12/2007 2:47:57 PM PST by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Yeah, folks...keep buying those tamales. Cheap and straight off the street.


32 posted on 01/12/2007 2:48:15 PM PST by Potts Mtn. Pappy
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To: SwinneySwitch
The disease is usually found in rural parts of developing countries with poor hygiene habits.

I suspect we'll be seeing a lot more of this from now on, and not only in "developing countries"...


33 posted on 01/12/2007 3:00:38 PM PST by Gritty (We have aging white Americans, dying, shitting their pants in fear. I love it.-Prof J Gutierrez U-Tx)
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To: Nea Wood

perhaps Kashrut is not such a bad idea even for Gentiles...


34 posted on 01/12/2007 3:03:21 PM PST by rahbert
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To: Bushwacker777
TB from Bangladesh, brain worms from Mexico, Chacas disease from central America, HIV from Haiti...

You forgot the whooping cough epidemic from a couple of years ago. I don't know where that one came from.

Build the wall now!!

35 posted on 01/12/2007 3:05:22 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Hey! What happened to my tagline?)
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To: hispanarepublicana; Jedi Master Pikachu; 2dogjoe; radar101; RamingtonStall; engrpat; HamiltonFan; ..

Ping!

If you want on or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepmail me.


36 posted on 01/12/2007 3:07:05 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas - beyond your expectations!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Whoa! Parasitic "worms", whether they be pinworms or tapeworms attach to the INTESTINES and only the INTESTINES!

They are intestinal parasites insiteu, in other words, they don't go to your brain. They will cause you discomfort and weight loss but, in the modern medical environment, they won't kill you and they won't, repeat, won't go to your brain. However, they will come out of your butt. That's when you go to the doctor and get something to kill them. Liberal science urinalists (spelled wrong for effect) only think that because they most always think with the place that the worms come out of, hence the confusion with the brain.

I'm a doctor, and I don't play on on TV.

37 posted on 01/12/2007 3:07:07 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: timydnuc
Brain Worms and Brain Amoebas: They Do Exist

http://pr.caltech.edu/periodicals/eands/articles/LXVI4/brainworms.html

I are an engineer.
38 posted on 01/12/2007 3:21:02 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas - beyond your expectations!)
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To: Lx
The tapeworm eggs are spread by a human host who doesn't practice good hygiene after using the restroom. An unsuspecting victim then eats the contaminated food, Ostrosky said.

Well, Yuch!!!!


And yet you'd be surprised at the number of guys - well-educated professionals - at my workplace who come out of the stall and head right out without washing their hands. Once I saw one of the cafeteria workers do it. After seeing stuff like this, I only exit men's rooms by covering my hand with a paper towel to open the door.
39 posted on 01/12/2007 3:25:28 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SwinneySwitch

Another gift from south of the border.


40 posted on 01/12/2007 3:26:02 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Bushwacker777

Why you insensitive bigot! (just kidding;) Seriously, we have here appalling evidence of the failure to assimilate immigrants to American culture-first the victim living here 20 years(!) who can't speak English, and the worker who does not comprehend American standards of personal hygeine. Thanks, multiculturalists and liberals!/s


41 posted on 01/12/2007 3:55:20 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: DBrow
Cue Comfortably Numb...

That's "Hey You."

"...and the worms ate into his brain...."

42 posted on 01/12/2007 3:57:08 PM PST by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Gross, and I was just watching that Futurama ep where Fry gets worms. No toilet sandwiches for me!


43 posted on 01/12/2007 4:08:10 PM PST by Trillian
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To: SwinneySwitch
The tapeworm eggs are spread by a human host who doesn't practice good hygiene after using the restroom.

Lots of fools on this thread were bragging about how they don't wash their hands:

Survey finds airport restroom users seldom wash

44 posted on 01/12/2007 4:18:18 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (An easy 10-team playoff based on the BCS bowls can be implemented by next year. See my homepage.)
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To: YellowRoseofTx

"And our border is open to millions of third world illegals who don't have have or know good hygiene habits doing all kinds of work with our food chain."

Exactly!!

Hi Rosie!!! Hope things are going good for you!


45 posted on 01/12/2007 4:18:20 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Wear Red on Fridays to support the troops!!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I have heard that ceviche' (shrimp and other seafood "cooked" in lime juice and other acidic substances) can give you worms.


46 posted on 01/12/2007 5:10:05 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Funny, but I don't remember pressing 1 for English in 1994.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I have heard that ceviche' (shrimp and other seafood "cooked" in lime juice and other acidic substances) can give you worms.


47 posted on 01/12/2007 5:10:17 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Funny, but I don't remember pressing 1 for English in 1994.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"Rare brain worms spread by unsanitary cooks[Texas]"

That would explain a lot of what goes on in Austin...

48 posted on 01/12/2007 5:23:52 PM PST by Redbob
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To: n230099
I dislike paranoia but I'm really getting leery of eating out.

You have reason to be concerned. I've been to too many restaurant restrooms and seen so many come out of the toilet and walk right out without even getting close to the sink. Surely, some of these slobs are involved in preparing and/or serving the food. I've begun to avoid eating out whenever possible since I know that there are lots of food-borne diseases. And it's a bigger problem now that we have more and more immigrants to whom hygiene is a "foreign" concept.

49 posted on 01/12/2007 5:26:04 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Hardastarboard
You forgot the whooping cough epidemic from a couple of years ago.

It's not over, there have been several new cases recently
50 posted on 01/12/2007 5:28:03 PM PST by YellowRoseofTx
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