The person responsible for the death of the actor Sebastián Ferrat, known for his role as a villain in the successful soap opera The Lord of the Skies, on December 29 was a parasite called tapeworm solidum,
This tapeworm causes cysticercosis, the disease that caused the actor's death at age 41 after several months away from public life and filming sets.
The parasite enters the human digestive system when it consumes raw or undercooked pork in which its larvae are housed. Once lodged in the digestive system or other parts of the body, the larvae generate cysts that, in turn, are the source of the infection, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Symptoms can include but are not limited to abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation, and usually appear about 8 weeks after eating the contaminated meat.
In 2010, the World Health Organization added cysticercosis to its list of neglected tropical diseases. It mainly affects the health and economic livelihood of rural communities in developing countries, especially in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Cysticercosis cannot be eradicated, but it can be avoided, since pigs acquire parasites when they eat human feces that contain larvae.
That is why specialists recommend the maintenance of sanitary and hygiene standards both in raising pigs and in the process of inspection and / or processing of meat and, not least, when cooking food.