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Sushi lovers: beware of parsites.

Sumptuous sushi can satisfy almost any gourmet's taste. Unfortunately, it can also satisfy the taste of parasitic organisms that burrow into the fish's muscle, giving unsuspecting sushiphiles abdominal pain after they eat the raw fish.

Individuals with acute abdominal pain 12 or more hours after eating raw fish should have the offending parasites, often Anisakis larvae, removed from the stomach lining with forceps, report Japanese researchers in the Feb. 15 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. The victims should then take antacids while the lining repairs.

Although scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta know of only one U.S. case in which parasites from raw fish had to be removed, several cases of nausea and abdominal pain after consumption of raw fish have been reported. And the CDC is on the lookout for more such cases sushi gains in popularity.
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Title Annotation:parasitic organisms in raw fish
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 2, 1985
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