Continued research on the tapeworms by the Czech Science Foundation, however, has revealed that all cases of Tapeworm infections in Japan, South Korea and the Pacific coast of Russian Federation, including the ones previously thought caused by the more common tapeworm Diphyllobothrium latum, were actually also caused by Japanese tapeworms.
Per Food Safety Magazine, infection risk is increased when consuming raw or undercooked fish.
By observing the musculature and the internal organs of the fish under a magnifying glass, the researchers discovered larvae measuring up to 15 millimeters long.
William Schaffner, who teaches preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and was not involved in the research, told CNN that importation and changing dietary habits may transfer old diseases to fresh places.
The discovery has led the researchers to hypothesize the possibility of infection among the salmon caught along the Pacific coast of North America. He's based at the Czech Academy of Sciences, in the Czech Republic. "Because these salmon are exported on ice - unfrozen - and then appear in restaurants around the world, infections caused by the Japanese tapeworm may occur anywhere, from China to Europe, from New Zealand to Ohio", Scutti continued.
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Bad news for sushi lovers as scientists confirms that a tapeworm known to infect salmon from the Asian Pacific is also present in fishes from United State waters. Just some of them can suffer abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Most tapeworm infections are discovered when an individual sees bits of tapeworm in their stool.
"Actually, most of the people who are infected don't have symptoms", Schaffner was quoted as saying. OTHER OPTIONS: COOKING OR FREEZINGThose who prefer the safe side can stick with adequately frozen or cooked fish, according to the CDC.
Plus, a tapeworm that grows to its full "adult" length consumes a lot of vitamin B12, said Dr. Patrick Okolo, chief of gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Diphyllobothrium is a species of tapeworm which can cause diphyllobothriasis in humans. Most infections, in fact, go unnoticed because the parasites tend to cause few symptoms. But, Adalja said, it's important to be aware that tapeworm infection is a possibility.