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What are Foodborne Parasites?

Food is essential for healthy living. However, your choice of food and care in preparing the food could make a huge difference to your health. From protozoa to helminths and tapeworms, many parasites can be transmitted via food. Protozoans including Cyclospora cayetanensisCryptosporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii, and Giardia intestinalis are common foodborne parasites in the U.S. Others include tapeworms; Taenia spp and Diphyllobothrium spp., and roundworms such as Anisakis spp. and Trichinella spp. A number of these infectious organisms may also be spread via contaminated soil, water, or contact with an infected person. 

Foods regularly implicated in the transmission of these worms include:

  • Poorly cooked mollusks, fish and crabs
  • Feces-contaminated vegetables
  • Poorly cooked meat
  • Aquatic plants like watercress

Food workers working in unhygienic cooking environments may also aid transmission.

Symptoms

Depending on the causal organism, food-borne infections might cause a wide range of symptoms. Infections caused by protozoans are commonly associated with gastrointestinal discomforts like diarrhea. Helminthes may cause symptoms including diarrhea, cough, abdominal pain, weight loss, muscle pain, skin lesions, and more depending on the infection burden and parasite. Your physician will advise the appropriate tests and course of treatment as most of these infections are treatable.

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