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Tapeworms live in the digestive tracts of vertebrates as adults and often in the bodies of various animals as juveniles. In a tapeworm infection, adults absorb food predigested by the host, so the worms have no need for a digestive tract or a mouth. Large tapeworms are made almost entirely of reproductive structures with a small "head" for attachment. Symptoms vary widely, depending on the species causing the infection. The largest tapeworms can be 20 m or longer. Tapeworm awareness is of importance to humans because they can infect people and livestock. The way people (most often children) get tapeworm infestation is either by eating the feces of an infected animal, or more commonly by getting bit by a flea that had been on an infected animal. Tapeworm infestations can be controlled through proper use of a specific type of dewormer. Different animals have different risk levels for infestation, talk to your veterinarian about your pets risk level and come up with a plan for prevention.

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