INTERNATIONAL: Sushi warning as patient found with live worms writhing in gut

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2017-05-12-07_35_25-sushi-warning-as-patient-found-with-live-worms-writhing-in-gutTELEGRAPH (UK) – The growing popularity of sushi could fuel a rise in deadly parasitic worm infections, doctors have warned.

Raw fish can carry tiny worms that bury into the human gut if eaten, a condition known as anisakiasis, which can cause severe stomach pain, vomiting and fever.

However, in severe cases it can cause an anaphylactic reaction, with the parasites triggering an erratic heartbeat and respiratory failure, which can be fatal.

Until recently, cases in Western countries were rare because most dietary fish is cooked, which kills the worms. But the rise of sushi has led to cases in hospitals across Europe.

In the latest incident a 32-year-old Portuguese man was left in agony for a week after eating slices of raw fish from a Japanese restaurant.

When doctors put an endoscope – a long tube with a camera – down his throat they found a mass of writhing white larvae burrowing into his gut lining. After the worms were cleared out using a special kind of retrieval net, the man’s symptoms quickly cleared up.

Writing in BMJ Case Reports, the Lisbon doctors who treated him warned clinicians to consider the condition in patients with pain, nausea, vomiting and other complications, such as bowel obstruction and bleeding, who have recently eaten sushi.

Dr Joana Carmo, a gastroenterologist at the Hospital of Egas Moniz in Lisbon, said: “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.

“Patients can have allergic symptoms. Gastrointestinal symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting and complications like digestive bleeding, bowel obstruction, perforation and peritonitis can also arise.”

Most people believe sushi is a nutritious, low calorie meal, but previous research has suggested it could actually be bad for you.

One study revealed that people who regularly eat sushi could be at an increased risk of heart disease.

Recent research also found that eating a lot of sushi puts people in danger of exposure to dangerous levels of mercury, which can cause heart disease, problems with brain and nervous system development, and decreased cognitive performance.

The sushi retail market alone is now worth about £68 million in the UK.

 

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11 comments

  1. This dialogue might benefit from a balanced view.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sushi

    Properly prepared sushi is a wonderfully nutritious and tasty meal.

    Unfortunately, like many other things, be it food, culture, and heritage, has been the victim of cultural appropriation by those that are inadequately trained to prepare it, choosing instead to capitalize on a foodie trend. Much like bacteria in fresh salads, salmonella in mis-prepared dairy and meat dishes, the list goes on.

    In the case of sushi, it is most often not prepared by those properly schooled in what is, truly, the art of its preparation.

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  2. ... which verifies my concerns that half raw fish is not healthy and can be fatal.

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  3. Isn't Sushi Japanese? The word too?

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  4. Sushi, medium rear meat or stake they're all bad. Meats should be cooked tender falling off the bone.

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  5. straight SHOOTER

    CHINESE FOOD IS THE NASTIEST FOOD ON THIS EARTH. I WILL REPEAT NASTIEST. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU ONLY CONCERN IS MONEY MUCHLESS BLACK PEOPLE. STAY AWAY STICK WITH YOUR CULTURE. TRAILER LOADS OF EGG ROLL WAS CONFISCATED BECAUSE THEY WERE MADE WITH CARD BOARD , CHINESE BEWARE.

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    • You are not shooting straight, Shooter. Your statement is too blanket, too discriminatory, too inclusive of Chinese (looking) people only. Not all of them are the sane - just like not all of us could never be the same. These blanket statements could put our society into the racist, prejudice, xenophobic category. Chinese people are good enough like any other people - and bad enough, if you want to look that close, like any other people, even like us!!. Besides, what can you now do, now that quite a few Chinese (looking) people are full-fledged & fully-bred St Lucians??? I'll tell you what ...EMBRACE THEM!! (Go on, show some LOVE)!

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      • Urban dictionary?

        What an oxymoron..a chinese being FULLY BRED st.lucian.my overstanding to that is a full blood line (which is likely of african origin)of st.lucian parentage being born in china.if you took a full bred thoroughbred and have it conceived in another country wouldn't it still be a full bred thoroughbred in that country?..my point is the chinese still has full blood chinie being born as a st.lucian.you cant take a st.lucian and a chinese and make a pitbull...can u?it then boils down to race..how can u compare st.lucian to chinese..thats being prejudiced/racist..it must be african to chinese.breed comes from blood not country.you were correct is saying full fledge but not bred.

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    • Actually sushi is considered Japanese.

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  6. I'll eat that to survive, if I have to, but will not take the risk. Man I love fried fish too much.

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  7. yuck i just cant see how people can eat uncooked food farless that disgusting thing they call sushi. i tried that a day and before i could even start to chew the thing i spat that nastiness out like a bad habit. smh and they say people must have an acquired taste to eat sushi, i totally agree a nasty taste or maybe just no taste in your mouth at all. ewwwwwww

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