If it was not serious enough the tapeworm was five and a half feet long. Let it fall for a moment.
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Apparently, the man told the doctor sashimi salmon every day from various local sushi places. Due to the size of the tapeworm, Banh noted that he had probably been growing for at least six months.
The news story shows images of tapeworms arranged on paper towels – and it's as rude as you expect. (Look at your own risk!)
A sushi lover pulls a tapeworm 5 feet from his body, says doctor https://t.co/VavEicCRKI pic.twitter.com/ztr0x8YoSh
– KMOV (@KMOV) 19 January 2018
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The sushi-parasite connection is real, people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, worms or parasites can feed on raw or undercooked fish or squid. If you eat infected fish, you also get a dose of larvae that then invade your digestive tract. The CDC points out that in a specific type of disease called Anisakiasis, people can experience tingling when they eat sushi, which indicates that a worm is moving in the mouth or throat. (Ew, we know.)
Fortunately, getting a sushi pest is very rare, says Todd Nega, MD, an infectious disease physician at NorthShore University HealthSystem near Chicago. "Most sushi, even labeled as fresh, is frozen, which usually kills worms," he adds. (Your biggest risk is that, for example, you go on a vacation to Alaska and that you eat raw salmon directly from the water, but it's probably not something you normally do anyway .)
BMJ Case Reports in 2017 points out that cases of anisakase are on the rise in Western countries because more and more people are eating sushi. The research focused on the case of a 32-year-old man who was suffering from severe stomach pain, vomiting and a mild fever. He said that he recently ate sushi. Tests revealed that he had a parasite. Generally, anisakiasis is treated by removing the worm
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Related: This photo reveals what Carrie Underwood looks like after a devastating injury to her face  "Cooked fish is always better than raw," says Nega, "but if it's raw you can ask instead of sushi if the fish has been frozen." Still, he says, even when the fish is not frozen, the probability that something like that happens to you is still very, very weak.