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article imageTapeworms infest Chinese man after eating raw fish

By Karen Graham     Sep 26, 2014 in Health
Imagine a man's surprise, when after going to the hospital complaining of stomach pains and itchy skin, he finds out that X-rays show his body is riddled with tapeworms. This is what happened to a man from Guangdong province, China.
Luckily, doctors at the Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital were able to save the hapless victim's life, because if the parasites had invaded his brain, the story may have turned out with a different ending. According to, the unnamed man loved to eat sushi, using raw or under-cooked fish.
But this man's love sashimi, one of the most expensive, and some say, most delicious of sushi dishes, nearly killed him. Doctors took the man's complaints very seriously, and ordered x-rays, and then a full body scan when it became apparent they were dealing with something extraordinary. The scans showed the patient's body was literally riddled with tapeworms.
Man s body becomes riddled with tapeworms after eating contaminated sashimi.
Man's body becomes riddled with tapeworms after eating contaminated sashimi.
This picture, as well as other pictures of the x-rays have been posted online, and according to Travelers Today, they have taken off around the web.
The fish tapeworm, [i]]Diphyllobothrium[i], is a genus of tapeworms that can cause Diphyllobothriasis in humans from eating raw or under-cooked fish. The most common species is D. latum, commonly called the broad or fish tapeworm.
The fish tapeworm has been around for thousands of years, and has been found all across the globe. The earliest known infestations involving humans was found in 4,000-10,000 year old human remains on the west coast of South America. Evidence suggests that changing dietary habits also cut down on the number of people ingesting the tapeworm cysts. But again, dietary changes, including the popularity of sushi, sashimi and other Asian dished has caused health officials to label diphyllobothriasis as an emerging infectious disease.
Parasite infection by raw fish is rare  but involves mainly three kinds of parasites: Clonorchis sin...
Parasite infection by raw fish is rare, but involves mainly three kinds of parasites: Clonorchis sinensis (a trematode/fluke), Anisakis (a nematode/roundworm) and Diphyllobothrium, a (cestode/tapeworm), all with gastrointestinal, but otherwise distinct, symptoms.
Mikael Häggström
The resulting tapeworm infection from eating raw or under-cooked fish containing the tapeworm cysts can be horrific. Symptoms can be very mild, with some diarrhea, abdominal pains, weight loss or fatigue. The patient could also have no symptoms at all. But to be sure, if the D. latum larva attaches itself to the intestine, it could grow to 10 meters. That is a very long tapeworm.
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