BEWARE: Tapeworms from fresh water fish

Tapeworms in fish meats? Yes, they do exist! For such a case, be warned if you love eating uncooked fresh water fish! They maybe infected by such parasites.

"Diphyllobothrium latum" is the scientific name of the said tapeworm found in fresh water fishes. They are capable of growing within their hosts, to up to 30 feet long.

Infection may happen if a person ingests an improperly prepared freshwater fish that contains tapeworm cysts. The same may also occur if contaminated, undercooked or raw fish has been consumed.

How do you know if there is a fish tapeworm infection? The following symptoms may persist:

  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • stomach cramps
  • stomach pain
  • unintended weight loss
  • weakness
In order to diagnose a possible tapeworm infection, a doctor may require blood testing. But then, records show that the said infection is often best known by examining a person's stool.

Here is a video showing a live extraction of a batch of living tapeworms within a freshly cut fish meat:

A rather detailed discussion on tapeworms in fresh water fish maybe found here:

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Anonymous said...

Does vinegar kill this parasite?