A 21-year-old male asked:
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would a beef steak that's rare, medium rare, or medium have tapeworms? this is canada. worried about tapeworms. had a reddish inside steak.

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
Undercooked beef: Greatest risk of tapeworms is from undercooked meat, whether beef or pork in Eastern Europe, Russia, eastern Africa and Latin America. Beef tapeworm is relatively rare in US although I could not find any mention of our northern neighbor. Check out http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/taeniasis/gen_info/faqs.html for more info.
Answered on Jul 3, 2016

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