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13 May 2017, 12:51 | Violet Powell
Uncooked fish can come with a nasty parasitical worm, doctors warn
As the popularity of sushi grows, the number of people becoming infected with an illness caused by eating raw meat or fish is on the rise.
Sushi lovers are being warned of the dangers of ingesting parasites from raw and undercooked fish, a study revealed on Friday.
Doctors at Hospital da Luz Lisboa and Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental in Portugal treated a 32-year-old man who had severe upper gut pain, vomiting and fever for a week.
Physical examination found that the area below the ribs was tender, and the blood test results showed mild inflammation.
A new study gives sushi eaters a reason to take it easy, reporting there's been an uptick in anisakiasis, a stomach infection caused by a worm that lives in fish, but can easily relocate to your stomach or intestines.
Although the anisakisparasite can live as a larva for several weeks in a human stomach, it will die before developing into an adult.
Dr Joana Carmo, a gastroenterologist at the Egas Moniz hospital in Lisbon, concluded: "Owing to changes in food habits, anisakiasis is a growing disease in Western countries, which should be suspected in patients with a history of ingestion of raw or uncooked fish".
They found the larvae of a worm-like parasite firmly attached to an area of swollen and inflamed gut lining.
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