Sushi-lover riddled by tapeworms after too much raw fish

If you're thinking about tucking into a plate of sushi for lunch, this story could have your reaching for the cheese sandwich instead.  

A Chinese man was left riddled with tapeworms after enjoying too much sashimi - a Japanese delicacy consisting of slices of raw meat or fish.  

The man went to his doctor in eastern China's Guangdong province complaining of a stomach ache and itchy skin, the Daily Mail reported.  

A series of X-Rays taken at the Guangzhou No. 8 People's Hospital revealed that his entire body had been infected by the parasite. Photos of the X-Rays were tweeted by the Daily Mail Online.  

Tapeworms are able to live inside a person's small intestine and can be contracted by eating raw or undercooked freshwater fish, such as salmon, which has been contaminated by cysts containing diphyllobothrium larvae.  

Complications can arise when these cysts settle outside of the intestines, including in the liver and brain, leading to a condition called cysticercosis.

The cysts can then become infected by bacteria; if they burst this can result in a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.  

Writing in the journal Canadian Family Physician, Nancy Craig said that freezing fish before it is served ensures that any larvae present are killed.  

She added that although cases of tapeworm have decreased in previously endemic areas due to improvements in sewage treatment processes, there have been more reported cases in parts of the developed world, "presumably owing to increased consumption of raw fish".

Topics:  editors picks food illness sushi

Drought won't stop the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride

Though the drought continues, it will not stop the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride from going ahead next weekend.

Everything is set and it is full steam ahead for September 30

iPhone 8: So what are the cheapest deals around?

So what's the best deal with the latest iphones

Comparison website has crunched the numbers

Gympie business awards: Find out who won the New Business of the Year Award

WINNERS: The New Business of the Year was Mama Dee's Kitchen represented by Daniel and Jason Kauffman (centre and right) and pictured with sponsor for this category Joanne Scott from USC.

We'll give you a hint... they make the best doughnuts in the biz

Local Partners