While trying to get back into my routine from a great conference experience at my alma mater, Tuskegee University, I did what most guys do. I made some ginger and organic honey tea and watched the show ‘ Monsters Inside Me’ on Animal Planet. This episode discussed something near and dear to alot of hearts. The love of sushi. Heck, we just had sushi a few days into the conference..and it was wonderful. Yet, the show reminded me of potential dangers in consuming raw or under-cooked seafood. That danger’s name can come any many forms such as Anisakis simplex ( herring worm), Cod or seal worms ( P. decipiens ) or roundworms ( Contracaecum spp. and Hysterothylacium ) to name some. Symptoms of tingling in the throat, coughing up a worm, or abdominal pain can occur anywhere within the hour of consumption or to about 2 weeks post ingestion of raw or under-cooked seafood. While not very common, the rate of cases does increase as sushi grows in popularity….stay aware my friends……..
Greg Shaw, DVM
One Reply to “Thinking of going out for Sushi this week?”
Yet another testimony as to why I don’t eat the stuff. Fry sushi up please.