Fresno Man Pulls 5 1/2 Foot Tapeworm from his Body

Fresno Man Pulls 5 1/2 Foot Tapeworm from his Body

A California man who ate sushi every day ended up with a 5-foot-plus long tapeworm inhabiting his body.

A man in California who ate sushi nearly daily ended up with a 5-and-a-half foot long tapeworm in his body, according to an episode of the medical podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit".

Kenny Banh happened to be the doctor at the hospital who checked on this particular patient, who complained of abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and other symptoms.

"He says, 'I eat raw salmon nearly every day, '" Bahn told The Fresno Bee.

That said, in January 2017, a study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal Emerging Infectious Diseases noted that wild salmon caught in Alaska's icy waters were found to be infected by a Japanese tapeworm known as Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense.

Dr. Banh shared his experience treating the man on a recent episode of the podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit".

But then Bahn noticed the man had a plastic bag in his hand. "It starts moving", Dr. Bahn said. Shocked by the terrifying scene, Bahn says the man kept pulling until the invader was all the way out.

In January 2017, doctors warned of Japanese tapeworm parasites found in the meat of USA salmon, according to KTLA.

"He picks it up and looks at it - and what does it do?" A mystery solved for the patient, who quickly swore he would not touch the fish again. Eating raw fish carries a risk-which is why salmon sushi is flash-frozen, which should make it completely safe.

The man told Banh about his final trip to the bathroom before deciding it was time to head to the hospital.

The really long helminth - the general name for a parasitic worm - unraveled and laid out on paper towels on the emergency department floor, measured 5½ feet long.

"You have to be aware", he said, explaining that the concern is not with the sushi or sashimi as such but with whether it is properly prepared. The patient was then given medication to help remove the rest of the work from his body.

Once a human is infected, a tapeworm will grow inside the intestine to a length of up to 15meters over a period of weeks. The parasites might be found in various sorts of fish that haven't been streak solidified to slaughter the worms.

The California resident said he won't be eating salmon anytime soon.

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