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Man dies after parasite inside him developed cancer

Scientists have discovered a cancer patient whose tumors sprouted from a human parasite, the dwarf tapeworm.

An HIV-infected Colombian man has died of lung tumors which sprouted from a parasite living inside him. The first known case of this kind has taken scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totally unawares.

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“We were amazed when we found this new type of disease — tapeworms growing inside a person, essentially getting cancer, that spreads to the person, causing tumors,” study researcher Dr. Atis Muehlenbachs, a staff pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) told LiveScience.

The 41-year-old man first went to doctors complaining of a fever, cough and weight loss. The man had been diagnosed with HIV some 10 years earlier, but was not taking any medication. A CT scan showed tumors in his lung and lymph nodes. Biopsies of these growths confused Colombian