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2.8m tapeworm found in Singapore patient who had no symptoms


The tapeworm was pulled out of the patient's body alive and moving. - The Straits Times/Singapore General Hospital's Department of Microbiology

The tapeworm was pulled out of the patient's body alive and moving. - The Straits Times/Singapore General Hospital's Department of Microbiology

SINGAPORE: The tapeworm that grew in the gut of a patient here was so long that it was at least one and a half times his height. When fully stretched out, it measured all of 2.8m.

In order for it to be captured in an image taken by the Singapore General Hospital's (SGH) Department of Microbiology, the worm had to be folded 18 times to fit into the picture.

   

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