Taenia saginata is transmitted to humans through ingestion of contaminated beef. The contaminated beef contain cysticercus in the striated muscle of cows and when ingested by humans, will develop into adult tapeworms. In the cow, the ingested embryo penetrates the intestinal wall and is carried to striated muscle.

Reservoir and Vector

The host for this parasite (more specifically the adult worm) is the human while the inetermediate host is the cow as well as buffalo, giraffe, llama, sheep, and likely raindeer. There is no vector for this particular parasite.

Cysticercus in Beef Tissue