Salmon in US May Be Infected With Japanese Tapeworm, Study Says

The study comes after a team of scientists examined 64 wild Alaskan salmon by filleting them into narrow slices and observing their internal organs under microscopes

Continued research on the tapeworms by the Czech Science Foundation, however, has revealed that all cases of Tapeworm infections in Japan, South Korea and the Pacific coast of Russian Federation, including the ones previously thought caused by the more common tapeworm Diphyllobothrium latum, were actually also caused by Japanese tapeworms.

The popularity of eating raw fish is on the rise in the US, and so is the threat from Japanese tapeworms. The salmon was cut into narrow strips and their internal organs were studied using a magnifying glass. He is a professor of the preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine who was also teamed up during the study.

Be careful when eating raw wild salmon, particularly those caught in Alaska.

On the brighter side, infection with the tapeworm appears to be uncommon: Only around 2,000 cases have been reported in humans - mostly in northeastern Asia, according to Roman Kuchta, the lead researcher on the new report. Four species are known to carry it: chum salmon, masu salmon, pink salmon, and sockeye salmon.

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Before you freak out, it turns out most people who become infected have no symptoms, the CDC says.

For those unlucky few, they may suffer abdominal discomfort, nausea or loose stools, and some weight loss.

However, people who love sushi are advised to keep it up but it is important not to rule out the possibility of tapeworm infection. Massive infections, however, could see intestinal inflammation and painful swelling of the bile ducts, reports the Washington Post. According to the infection result by D.latum, Dr. Wlliam Schaffner tells,"we think this Japanese version would not be any different, although very little is actually known about this variant of tapeworms". "More severe cases may require specialized consultations and complementary analyses, which are costly", Kuchta said. He said talk of "emerging infections" or new infections comes about, in part, because new scientific methods are able to identify them. Agriculture Department. Proper freezing of salmon will kill parasites, too - to 4 degrees below zero for a duration of at least seven days, per CDC guidelines, or frozen solid at 31 below for 15 hours.

Diphyllobothrium is a species of tapeworm which can cause diphyllobothriasis in humans.

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