Sushi lover pulls live 5-foot tapeworm out of his body

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A salmon sashimi lover from Fresno, while on the toilet, pulled out a tapeworm with a length of over 5 feet from inside his body.

In the January 8 episode of medical podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit," Dr. Kenny Banh recalled how the man asked to be tested for worms and what he did next.

The man was given medication to remove the rest of the tapeworm from his body.

The man confessed he ate raw salmon sashimi on a daily basis, which may have been how he contracted the tapeworm. Once the tapeworm moved in his hand, Banh said, instead of just being horrified, the man was also relieved to know that it wasn't his own entrails.

A 2017 study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that wild salmon caught in Alaska could be infected with Japanese broad tapeworm - a parasite previously believed to only infect fish in Asia.

The patient first wondered what was wrong when he experienced abdominal pain and cramping.

Banh said a young fellow strolled into the clinic whining of bleeding the runs and approaching to be tried for worms. When he looked down at his backside he noticed something hanging out that looked like "a piece of intestine", Banh added.


He said his patient was convinced he got the tapeworm from eating raw fish.

In January 2017, doctors warned of Japanese tapeworm parasites found in the meat of USA salmon, according to KTLA.

A common fish tapeworm called Diphyllobothrium latum can grow up to 30 feet long, according to the CDC. Here's how to avoid them: Eggs get into human hosts from: • Food • Water • Contaminated soil Some symptoms include: • eggs, larvae or tapeworm segments in stool • malnutrition • inflammation of the intestine • diarrhea • weight loss • nausea and vomiting keep in mind to wash fruits and vegetables before cooking and eating, and thoroughly cook meat at 145º F (63º C) or higher to kill larvae of eggs.

He was scared to death at that moment said Bhan.

Once diagnosed, a health care provider prescribes an effective medication, typically a pill, to kill the parasite. (Different species of tapeworms can hang out in raw beef and pork, too.) For fish, that's at least 145°F.

If you love sushi so much, this story could serve you as a warning.

Often when you think of the parasite risk with raw sushi, you often think of the roundworm, Anisakis sp.

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