October 19, 2017

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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