July 16, 2018

Trichinellosis Outbreak in California Was Linked to Consumption of Privately Raised Raw Boar Meat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a study about a trichinellosis outbreak in California last year that was linked to consumption of privately raised raw boar meat. The study was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for the week of March 2, 2018. In January 2017, 12 cases of trichinellosis were reported among people who attended an event in December 2017. Larb, a traditional Loatian raw pork dish, was served. The pork came from a domesticated wild boar which was raised and slaughtered on private farm in Northern California. Leftover samples of the food revealed Trichinella spiralis. Nine of those patients were hospitalized with sepsis. Seven had acute kidney injury. Trichinellosis is a parasitic infection. It used to be linked to … [Read more...]

Trichinellosis Outbreaks in Alaska Linked to Walrus Meat

Many older people can recall their moms cooking pork to well done (or more) because of the fear of trichinellosis. Pigs used to be fed scraps, or they foraged for their food, so their meat was infected with a microscopic parasite called Trichinella. A few thousand cases occur every year around the world. In the United States, the USDA has reduced the recommended internal temperature for pork to 145°F from 160°F, since pork is no longer likely to be contaminated with the parasite. Cases have greatly declined in this country since the 1950s. But the disease is making a comeback among people who eat walrus meat. Two trichinellosis outbreaks in Alaska linked to walrus meat are the subject of a report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for July 7, 2017. This illness … [Read more...]

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