Hand Hygiene: Tapeworm Removed From Woman's Brain

(Nov. 24) - A doctor operating on a 37-year-old Phoenix woman thought to have a brain tumor found something entirely different: a parasitic worm.

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ABC News reports that Rosemary Alvarez, who underwent the procedure last summer after experiencing difficulty swallowing and numbness in her left arm, had a tapeworm called Taenia solium inside her head.

It turns out Alvarez likely contracted the tapeworm at some point by eating food tainted with the feces of a person infected with the parasite.

With the exception of a numb feeling in the back of her head, Alvarez has recovered nicely since the operation and is back to living a normal life.