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Dr. Peter W. Pappas pappas.3 at osu.edu
Mon Jun 14 11:40:57 EST 1999

Margie Jacobs wrote in message <3765171F.F65E2494 at bellatlantic.net>...
>How many people in the United States are effected by tapeworms?

There's no answer to this question since "tapeworms" are not a reportable
disease (i.e., no one keeps track of the infections).  Moreover, there are a
number of epidemiological factors that determine who is even at risk, and
many (perhaps most) infections go unnoticed (and, thus, undiagnosed) since
they are usually asymptomatic.  I would guess that, on the average, tapeworm
infections in the US are uncommon.

Now, if you read the materials distributed by those who sell "colon
cleanses" and other herbal tinctures (aka "snake oil"), they will try to
convince you that almost everyone in the United States has tapeworms and any
number of other parasitic diseases, but this just isn't so.

Why do you want to know?

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