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Trichinosis

Trichinosis is a disease caused by eating undercooked meat containing cysts of Trichinella spiralis. Trichinella spiralis can be found in pork, bear, walrus, fox, rat, horse, and lion meat.

Wild animals, especially carnivores (meat eaters) or omnivores (animals that eat both meat and plants), should be considered a possible source of roundworm disease.

Trichinosis is a common infection worldwide, but is seldom seen in developed nations because of strict rules regarding the feeding of domestic animals and meat-processing inspections.

When a person eats meat from an infected animal, Trichinella cysts break open in the intestines and grow into adult roundworms.

The roundworms produce other worms that move through the gut wall and into the bloodstream. These organisms tend to invade muscle tissues, including the heart and diaphragm (the breathing muscle under the lungs). They can also affect the lungs and brain.

Common clinical features:
Abdominal discomfort, Cramping, Diarrhoea, Facial swelling around the eyes, Fever, Muscle pain (especially muscle pain with breathing, chewing, or using large muscles) Muscle weakness

Prevention:
Pork and meat from wild animals should be cooked until well done (no traces of pink). Freezing for 3 to 4 weeks will kill the organism.

Smoking, salting, or drying meat are not reliable methods of killing the organism that causes this infection.

Trichinosis is a disease caused by eating undercooked meat containing cysts of Trichinella spiralis. Trichinella spiralis can be found in pork, bear, walrus, fox, rat, horse, and lion meat.

Wild animals, especially carnivores (meat eaters) or omnivores (animals that eat both meat and plants), should be considered a possible source of roundworm disease.

Trichinosis is a common infection worldwide, but is seldom seen in developed nations because of strict rules regarding the feeding of domestic animals and meat-processing inspections.

When a person eats meat from an infected animal, Trichinella cysts break open in the intestines and grow into adult roundworms.

The roundworms produce other worms that move through the gut wall and into the bloodstream. These organisms tend to invade muscle tissues, including the heart and diaphragm (the breathing muscle under the lungs). They can also affect the lungs and brain.

Common clinical features:
Abdominal discomfort, Cramping, Diarrhoea, Facial swelling around the eyes, Fever, Muscle pain (especially muscle pain with breathing, chewing, or using large muscles) Muscle weakness

Prevention:
Pork and meat from wild animals should be cooked until well done (no traces of pink). Freezing for 3 to 4 weeks will kill the organism.

Smoking, salting, or drying meat are not reliable methods of killing the organism that causes this infection.

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