To prevent tapeworm infection:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before eating or handling food and after using the toilet.
  • When traveling in areas where tapeworm is more common, wash and cook all fruits and vegetables with safe water before eating.
  • Eliminate livestock exposure to tapeworm eggs by properly disposing of animal and human feces.
  • Thoroughly cook meat at temperatures of at least 125 F (52 C) to kill tapeworm eggs or larvae.
  • Freeze meat for at least 12 hours and fish for at least 24 hours to kill tapeworm eggs and larvae.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked pork, beef and fish.
  • Promptly treat dogs infected with tapeworm.
Dec. 02, 2014

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