5-foot tapeworm found in California patient, doctor says

5-foot tapeworm found in California patient, doctor says

The man, who lives in Fresno, went to the emergency room and told doctors that he had experienced bloody diarrhea and needed to be treated for parasitic worms, according to Dr. Kenny Banh, an emergency-medicine doctor at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno who treated the patient and recounted the story on a recent episode of the medical podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit".

Banh made the man's case public on a January 8 episode of the Podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit", a show that mixes medical topics with humor.

A sushi addict who ate raw salmon every day was horrified to feel a five and a half foot tapeworm "wiggling out" of his bottom when he used the toilet.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned past year that the rise in popularity of raw fish consumption has likely spurred a recent increase of tapeworm infections.

The best defense is to eat fish that's been adequately cooked or flash frozen.

Banh said the incident happened about two months ago, according to the Fresno Bee. Dr. Banh said. "When did I get, where did I get it from, he wants me to go all WebMD on him".

Speaking on his podcast This Won't Hurt A Bit, Dr Kenny Bahn said: 'I take out a toilet paper roll, and wrapped around it of course is what looks like this giant, long tapeworm'. "It's a worm", Banh said. "I looked down and it looked like there was a piece of intestine hanging out of me", Banh remembered him saying.

"He grabs it, and he pulls on it, and it keeps coming out", Bahn added.

A California man is likely adjusting his consistent sushi propensity in the wake of finding a tapeworm that may have entered his body through the crude salmon he adores to such an extent. He measured 5 1/2 feet. Left untreated, they can cause weight loss and anemia. He was scared, Banh said. "Simple treatment, one dose, kills all the worms".

Safe and effective medications are available to treat the infection. (Different species of tapeworms can hang out in raw beef and pork, too.) For fish, that's at least 145°F. The parasites might be found in various sorts of fish that haven't been streak solidified to slaughter the worms.

At -31°For below until solid and storing at -4°F or below for 24 hours. Bummer, we know, but you can get yummy cooked sushi, like poached salmon rolls.

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