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An Iowa woman recently swallowed a tapeworm in order to lose weight. The parasite can cause anemia and malnutrition.
She was de-wormed immediately  with some special medication which kills the parasite immediately.

Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director at the Iowa Department of Public Health, narrated the incident in an e-mail to public-health workers on Thursday.

Woman Swallows Tapewom

“Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare [rip]s,” Quinlisk wrote, according to the Des Moines Register. “Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods; consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity.” noted the health expert

The mysterious lady bought the tapeworm in the internet.

Tapeworms are parasites that can afflict humans who eat undercooked meat.