Punk singer’s brain tumor alleged to be from parasite in mishandled food

Brain tumor caused by parasite?

Punk Singer Gets A Brain Tapeworm From A Vegetarian Burrito.

The singer of Australian punk band Frenzal Rhomb was diagnosed with a brain tumor after suffering seizures. After the tumor was removed, the doctors determined it was the result of an infection caused by a parasite. Specifically, a kind of tapeworm from Central America typically found in pork products. Which is extra weird since he’s a vegetarian.

The singer, Jay Whalley suspects it came from someone who prepared a vegetarian burrito for him without washing their hands while he was on tour in Central America a few years ago.

He says the parasite was probably residue from the cook’s hands after having handled infected meat and not washing his hands or at least, not washing them enough. But, he can’t prove that and I don’t see how he can be so sure. What’s interesting about this story is such things actually do exist. But, who really knows how he came about it. Could have simply been in contaminated water.

Jay Whalley seems to be doing well after the surgery.

Any further information on this disease is appreciated.

  3 comments for “Punk singer’s brain tumor alleged to be from parasite in mishandled food

  1. Eve
    February 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I think that’s the first episode of House.

  2. Chris Howard
    March 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    I, pretty much, have no feeling in my hands due to the incessant washing of them at the restaurant. You can never take public safety too seriously.

    That said, It’s difficult to determine where any food borne illness came from under regular conditions, much less years after the fact.

    Many people give themselves food poisoning from their own mishandling of food stuffs, and often mistake food poisoning with a “24 hour bug” and vise versa.

    Seems to me the certainty of the source of contamination can’t ever really be known, with regard to this “brain worm.”

  3. One Eyed Jack
    March 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Why is it that I can’t read the word “tumor” without hearing Ahnold saying, “It’s not a tumah!”

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