Back in 1986, the researchers discovered this parasite, and concluded that it caused roughly 2,000 infections, making it the 2most prevalent type of infection caused by a species of tapeworm.
A February CDC article states the tapeworm is re-emerging due to the popularity of eating raw fish. After filleting the musculature into narrow slices, the scientists observed these and the internal organs of each fish under a magnifying glass.
The discovery has led the researchers to hypothesize the possibility of infection among the salmon caught along the Pacific coast of North America. Researchers say that tapeworm infections can be treated "effectively". The Japanese broad tapeworm began appearing in new locations in the middle of the last decade; one Japanese visitor acquired the parasite in New Zealand in 2009, marking the country's first case. Japanese broad tapeworm can grow up to a length of 30 feet inside the human body and a person with tapeworm can have symptoms ranging from abdominal pain, weight loss, diarrhea and overtime, vitamin B12 deficiency.
The tapeworm, known as Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, has caused thousands of infections in the Asia Pacific since 2008, according to the Washington Post.
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However, people who love sushi are advised to keep it up but it is important not to rule out the possibility of tapeworm infection.
In the worst-case scenario, this parasite can cause more violent symptoms such as painful bile ducts inflammation and intestinal obstruction. "The infections can have a substantial emotional impact on patients and their families, because segments are evacuated over a long period of time". Often, pieces of tapeworm will be found floating in the water as well.
He also recommends a safety measure for people who make raw fish dishes at home to freeze the fish for a few days, so as to kill any parasite. Though the study suggests that infections by Japanese tapeworm may be much more common in the USA than anticipated, there's still "no evidence at all about how common it is", Schaffner said.
The chief of gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, Dr. Patrick Okolo tells about the antibiotics and says that special drug can target specific parasite. "I am sure we will be on the lookout for this kind of tapeworm going forward".