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Health Tip: Tapeworm Infection

What to look for

(HealthDay News) -- Tapeworms are parasites that can be acquired by eating undercooked, contaminated meat, or by poor hygiene. Washing your hands after using the bathroom will help prevent tapeworm infection.

The University of Maryland Medical Center says tapeworm infection is diagnosed by examining a person's stools or the anus for a worm-shaped white parasite. Eggs may also be expelled in the feces.

Treatments typically involve an oral dose of an anti-parasitic drug. Commonly prescribed medications include niclosamide, praziquantel and albendazole.

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