Man Gets 5-Foot Long Tapeworm From Eating Sushi Everyday

The man admitted eating salmon sashimi every day.
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Apparently, the man was sitting on the toilet when the worm began wriggling its way out of him.

"He asked me for worm treatment and I was like, 'Oh, not an everyday request, '" Bahn said on the podcast, skeptical about the patient's self-diagnosis. The man tells that he used to eat raw sushi every day.

A proclaimed salmon sashimi fan in Fresno had a 5 ½ foot-long tapeworm pulled from his body after complaining of diarrhea.

According to Dr. Kenny Bahn, who treated the man in August and revealed the case on a January 8 episode of the medical podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit", his patient thought he was dying.

The man thought he was biting the dust, Banh stated, "Gracious good lord my guts are leaving me", and began pulling at the worm.

"He grabs it, and he pulls on it, and it keeps coming out", Bahn recounted on the podcast.

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Treatment for tapeworms in humans is fairly simple: usually a single dose of an oral antihelminthic, a drug that kills the worms, "similar to the deworming medication you give your pet dog", Banh says. The sushi eater, who was glad that it was a tapeworm that was coming out of himself instead of his intestines, said that he will no longer eat his favorite sashimi after the terrible incident. Really, there's just no delicate way to phrase this, so here it is: He witnessed a five-foot, six-inch tapeworm "wiggle out" of his body. It measured 5 and a half feet long.

Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found tapeworms in some Pacific salmon.

Last January, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a warning of an elevated risk of parasitic larvae that can grow into tapeworms being found in Pacific Ocean salmon, including Alaskan wild salmon that is popular in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Proper flash-freezing of the fish will kill the parasites, but the patient was not inclined to risk it. "I eat raw salmon nearly everyday", he admitted to Bahn.

It previously only infected fish found in Asian waters. But, in some cases, the tapeworm will cause its host to have a vitamin B12 deficiency (the tapeworm absorbs enormous amounts) or gallbladder or intestinal issues. Whenever inquired as to whether he'll continue eating sushi, Banh said he would, yet just not the salmon.

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