|Tapeworms are described as long, segmented worms that primarily live in the intestinal tract of humans and often in the bodies of animals. These parasitic worms belong to the class of Cestoda. Tapeworm infections may be caused by one of the tapeworm species and these include the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata), dwarf tapeworm (Hymenolepis nana) or fish tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium4 latum).
Tapeworms infect the human body by drinking and eating food or water contaminated with tapeworm eggs or larvae that matures in the intestines. People of all ages can develop tapeworms if they do not practice good personal hygiene. With immediate treatment, tapeworms can be treated effectively. However, if tapeworm infections are left untreated, complications such as cysts may develop in the liver, lungs or central nervous system which can result in organ damage.