FAQ - Trichinosis
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What are the symptoms of the trichinosis worm?

I'm wondering what the symptoms of the trichinosis worm are. If anyone knows please let me know. If you are a doctor please say so....Thank you.

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What does trichinosis do to your body?

What does trichinosis do to your body, not like Symptoms causes or treatments, but how does it effect you? Does it make you lose weight, does it make it hard to eat? I ate pink-red pork meat and I think I may have it, due to bad stomach aches and loss of appetite.

I had it a few times when I was around 18 (I finally got rid of the cheating bastard). I didn't even know I had it. Found it at a routine pap. As far as I know it just kinda sits there and you just have it. It IS an STD, but it's not like chlamidia which can hurt your fallopian tubes. Try wed md or somthing like that.  (+ info)

How likely are you to get Trichinosis if...?

my sister accidentally used a knife that had been used to cut raw sausage (containing pork) to cut a likely is it to get Trichinosis from this? I know it isn't very common, but it is wouldn't be able to see the larvae or whatever, would you? and if you got it, how long would it take for symptoms to appear? what are the symptoms? Thanks for the help!

Occasionally, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may be present when the infected meat is eaten. After the larvae invade the muscles, patients have fever, muscle pain, and periorbital edema. Rarely, signs of encephalitis, myocarditis, and invasion of the diaphragm occur. After encystment, the only symptom may be vague muscular pains, which may persist for weeks. Laboratory testing reveals an increase in eosinophils circulation in the blood.

No you wouldn't be able to see the larvae. If she starts to develope flu like symptoms a lab test may be needed. However, it does not specify how long it takes for the onset of symptoms. I would imagine everyone is different.  (+ info)

Is trichinosis in pork still an issue?

My bbq buddy says you can now grill/broil pork to medium -rare but my med-student friend says no way. Do I need to be paranoid at having parasites in my brain or can I just enjoy my pig meat?

In the USA, thichinosis in store bought pork NOT an issue due to controlled diets/feeds. No more slop for modern pigs.

The only recent cases of trichinosis has been from undercooked game meat - bears.

From the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website:
Is trichinellosis common in the United States?
Infection was once very common and usually caused by ingestion of undercooked pork. However, infection is now relatively rare. During 1997-2001, an average of 12 cases per year were reported. The number of cases has decreased because of legislation prohibiting the feeding of raw-meat garbage to hogs, commercial and home freezing of pork, and the public awareness of the danger of eating raw or undercooked pork products. Cases are less commonly associated with pork products and more often associated with eating raw or undercooked wild game meats.  (+ info)

How long does it take for Metronidazole to cure Trichinosis?

7 days  (+ info)

I was diagnosed with Trichinosis's, my partner was tested 2weeks after, and didn't have it, is this possible?

Went to the ER in pain after having sex with my partner, the doctor told me I had Trichinosis, my partner then went about 1week after I did, and waited another week for the results, and was diagnosed with nothing. Is this possible?

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What is the cure for Trichinosis? I ate dirty pig meat and caught this terrible disease! Help!?

I ate a dirty wormy porks with that Trichonosis. Help me and the healing, fail I might fall to this scourge.

go to the doctor get dewormed  (+ info)

should I take my toddler to the check for trichinosis?

I had a pack of raw bacon in the refrigerator and she went in and ate a piece.she hasn't vomited or diareah or anything but,I just wanna know if it would be smart to take her on Monday.she ate the bacon Thursday afternoon and I didnt' know that raw pork was dangerous until today.please serious comments.What should I be on the lookout for and for how long?

"USDA Certified" bacon means that it has been treated for trichinella.

Trichinella is the bacteria that causes trichinosis.

Trichinella in pork is almost non-existent anymore. Years ago, it was a problem. Now it's not.

She should be fine. I would put the bacon on another shelf or in a drawer if you don't want her getting into it again.

I say 'should be' because I don't know if she may have eaten anything else.

But trichinella is something you can scratch off of your 'worries' list.  (+ info)

Is there a cure for Trichinosis?

is there a cure for trichinosis how do u know if u have it w/o going to the doctor and how do they find out?

What are the symptoms of a trichinosis infection?

Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, and abdominal discomfort are the first symptoms of trichinosis. Headaches, fevers, chills, cough, eye swelling, aching joints and muscle pains, itchy skin, diarrhea, or constipation follow the first symptoms. If the infection is heavy, patients may experience difficulty coordinating movements, and have heart and breathing problems. In severe cases, death can occur.

For mild to moderate infections, most symptoms subside within a few months. Fatigue, weakness, and diarrhea may last for months.  (+ info)

What are the latest dangers of eating undercooked pork? Is Trichinosis still an issue?

The following quote is from an article on Trichinosis:

"Infection was once very common, but is now quite rare in the developed world. From 1991 to 1996, an annual average of 12 cases per year were reported in the United States. The number of cases has decreased because of legislation prohibiting the feeding of raw meat garbage to hogs, increased commercial and home freezing of pork, and the public awareness of the danger of eating raw or undercooked pork products. Today, one of the primary causes of trichinosis in America is the consumption of raw or undercooked wild game meats."  (+ info)

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