How can tapeworm infection be prevented?

If possible, animals should be slaughtered in a registered abattoir where all meat is inspected to ensure that it is not infected by tapeworm cysts. Cooking meat well kills the cysts. Therefore, avoid eating raw or partially cooked meat. Meat lightly cooked on an open fire may still contain live tapeworm cysts.

Human stools must be disposed of safely so that it cannot be eaten by pigs. This will prevent the pigs from becoming infected with tapeworm cysts. Parts of the Eastern Cape of South Africa are particularly heavily contaminated with tapeworm eggs.

In villages, pigs must be prevented from eating human faeces.

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