Food Poisoning Germs: Parasites – Anisakis Simplex and Related Worms

Food Poisoning Parasite: Anisakis Simplex

food poisoning germs: anisakis simplexAnisakis Simplex and Related Worms: This parasite is commonly known as roundworm. In most cases, people who consume raw or undercooked seafood are the prime target to this parasite. This parasite causes the food poisoning ailment generally known as Anasakiasis. This food poisoning ailment can easily mislead to understand it as appendicitis, Crohn’s disease, gastric ulcer, or gastrointestinal cancer.

This parasite is normally found in seafood. It can live in more than one host in its life span. They can be found in the stomachs of whales and dolphins. This parasite can be seen in the flesh of cod, haddock, fluke, pacific salmon, herring, flounder and monkfish.

When an individual gets affected by this parasite, he feels a tingling or tickling sensation in the throat. In serious cases, he can experience acute stomach pain combined with a nauseous feeling. The symptoms of this food poisoning ailment may appear within an hour or 2 weeks after consuming the contaminated seafood. The symptoms of this food poisoning ailment include: jaundice, enlarged and tendered liver, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, sudden sever pain, irritating sensation in nervous system, tingling and numbness of skin, rapid heart beat and weakness in muscles.

Normally, most of the affected individuals recover from this food poisoning ailment within few days. In some cases, the bowel movement will be blocked by these parasites. Then there will be no option except performing emergency surgery. Sometimes, prescribed medications are enough to cure this food poisoning ailment. Before the surgery, a treatment called nasogastric suction will be given to the patients. When this also fails to cure this food poisoning type, then the surgery will be done to remove the worms.

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