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How many out of 6 expats in Thailand was infected with tapeworm?  

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And the answer is....all of us. 6 expats.

That's right. We were all infected with tapeworm. Every single one of us.

What is so disturbing with this, something Jingthing immediately recognised, is the general belief is that when you suffer from a tapeworm infection you lose weight and become skinny, but a lot of expats are probably infected without being aware of it . I was the one who brought it up because I have undergone tapeworm treatment a couple of times now so I now how easy it is to catch.

As Sheryl pointed out, this is a parasitic infection you're likely to catch if you eat undercooked meat (or fish). If you eat a steak that is only a fraction undercooked, the chance of getting infected with tapeworm in Thailand is scary high.

May I ask, did you find out which type of tapeworms you guys were infected with?

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And the answer is....all of us. 6 expats.

That's right. We were all infected with tapeworm. Every single one of us.

What is so disturbing with this, something Jingthing immediately recognised, is the general belief is that when you suffer from a tapeworm infection you lose weight and become skinny, but a lot of expats are probably infected without being aware of it . I was the one who brought it up because I have undergone tapeworm treatment a couple of times now so I now how easy it is to catch.

As Sheryl pointed out, this is a parasitic infection you're likely to catch if you eat undercooked meat (or fish). If you eat a steak that is only a fraction undercooked, the chance of getting infected with tapeworm in Thailand is scary high.

May I ask, did you find out which type of tapeworms you guys were infected with?

Nope, but in my case I'm pretty confident I contract the little buggers from undercooked beef. Being an absolute sucker for steaks in Thailand is a nightmare from a tapeworm perspective. The alternative, as you mention, is to buy your own beef and freeze it prior to cooking it.

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And the answer is....all of us. 6 expats.

That's right. We were all infected with tapeworm. Every single one of us.

What is so disturbing with this, something Jingthing immediately recognised, is the general belief is that when you suffer from a tapeworm infection you lose weight and become skinny, but a lot of expats are probably infected without being aware of it . I was the one who brought it up because I have undergone tapeworm treatment a couple of times now so I now how easy it is to catch.

As Sheryl pointed out, this is a parasitic infection you're likely to catch if you eat undercooked meat (or fish). If you eat a steak that is only a fraction undercooked, the chance of getting infected with tapeworm in Thailand is scary high.

May I ask, did you find out which type of tapeworms you guys were infected with?

Nope, but in my case I'm pretty confident I contract the little buggers from undercooked beef. Being an absolute sucker for steaks in Thailand is a nightmare from a tapeworm perspective. The alternative, as you mention, is to buy your own beef and freeze it prior to cooking it.

Another question, if I may. What medicine did the doctor give you? Did you see any evidence of a dead tapeworm coming out in your stool?

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And the answer is....all of us. 6 expats.

That's right. We were all infected with tapeworm. Every single one of us.

What is so disturbing with this, something Jingthing immediately recognised, is the general belief is that when you suffer from a tapeworm infection you lose weight and become skinny, but a lot of expats are probably infected without being aware of it . I was the one who brought it up because I have undergone tapeworm treatment a couple of times now so I now how easy it is to catch.

As Sheryl pointed out, this is a parasitic infection you're likely to catch if you eat undercooked meat (or fish). If you eat a steak that is only a fraction undercooked, the chance of getting infected with tapeworm in Thailand is scary high.

May I ask, did you find out which type of tapeworms you guys were infected with?

Nope, but in my case I'm pretty confident I contract the little buggers from undercooked beef. Being an absolute sucker for steaks in Thailand is a nightmare from a tapeworm perspective. The alternative, as you mention, is to buy your own beef and freeze it prior to cooking it.

Another question, if I may. What medicine did the doctor give you? Did you see any evidence of a dead tapeworm coming out in your stool?

Hexin. I never checked the stools as the medication apparently dissolves the tapeworm.

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who cares? thailand full time since 1996 and i dont know ANYONE who has ever had a tapeworm.

know a few fat bastards that could use one though

Wow. You don't seem to have learned much in 17 years..

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And the answer is....all of us. 6 expats.

Never thought that there is such a thing as a Tapeworm Anonymous group meeting. facepalm.gif Now it all makes sense. sad.png

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From the OP

expats and fellow rugby lovers (that's an irrelevant piece of information, right there)

If you had said "rugby players" it would have harkened back to my college days in the '70s when the rugby players made a big deal out of eating raw meat and peeing in each other's beers. Never really understood that.

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Somebody correct my understanding, please:

The tape worm, Teania Solium (sp) uses the pig as it's intermediary host and is transmitted to humans via under cooked pork (not fish or steak or anything else). Other types of worms and flukes exist in other food products and all transmit to humans via undercooked food products.

So, is the answer still 6, they were all teania solium (sp)?

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Is Hexin OTC or by prescription?

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Buy two packs, there are 4 tablets in one pack. Take 4 tablets on day one. Take another 4 tablets day 14

There is another brand around - Yomesan - with exactly the same substance and dosage

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Is Hexin OTC or by prescription?

OTC

Buy two packs, there are 4 tablets in one pack. Take 4 tablets on day one. Take another 4 tablets day 14

There is another brand around - Yomesan - with exactly the same substance and dosage

My doctor in Pattaya gave me Albendazole. From memory it was 2 tablets on 5 consecutive days.

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Somebody correct my understanding, please:

The tape worm, Teania Solium (sp) uses the pig as it's intermediary host and is transmitted to humans via under cooked pork (not fish or steak or anything else). Other types of worms and flukes exist in other food products and all transmit to humans via undercooked food products.

So, is the answer still 6, they were all teania solium (sp)?

The OP likely had Taenia Sagenata - the beef tapeworm... as he stated he loves rare beef.

I'd say most expats would be getting the beef tapeworm. Most people cook pork well.

I don't eat pork, so mine was obvious - but photos (and videos) of the live proglottids confirmed it.

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Is Hexin OTC or by prescription?

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Buy two packs, there are 4 tablets in one pack. Take 4 tablets on day one. Take another 4 tablets day 14

There is another brand around - Yomesan - with exactly the same substance and dosage

Can one do this even though one isn't sure they have the infection? If all six of the OP's friends have the dreaded worm, might not be a bad precautionary measure!

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Very interesting all 6 had worms. Makes me now want to get checked. What's the symptoms?

If you YouTube coke on pork chop, you can watch worms come out of the meat. Its quite disgusting really but fascinating.

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Is Hexin OTC or by prescription?

OTC

Buy two packs, there are 4 tablets in one pack. Take 4 tablets on day one. Take another 4 tablets day 14

There is another brand around - Yomesan - with exactly the same substance and dosage

Can one do this even though one isn't sure they have the infection? If all six of the OP's friends have the dreaded worm, might not be a bad precautionary measure!
Not a bad idea. If it's over counter medicine then why not? Will it kill all types of worm?
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