Parasites in raw fish may cause intestinal infection

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2016 08:05 PM

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Raw, fish-based dishes like sushi, sashimi, and ceviche (kinilaw) are quite popular. A health expert, however, warns that raw seafood requires careful preparation for safe eating. It is because it may carry a number of parasites that can cause infection.

"Pamilya ito ng bulate o nematodes. Puwede itong maiwan sa mga flesh ng isda o [other species of] marines," Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert, said.

When a person accidentally ingests the eggs of the parasite, it could result to intestinal infection called anisakiasis.

The symptoms of the infection is similar to food poisoning such as stomach ache, vomiting, and diarrhea that could lead to death if the patient’s immune system is weak.

Salinel warned that a kitchen sponge could also harbor these parasites and may taint other kitchen utensils through cross-contamination.

But, Salinel says, the incident of contamination could be prevented with the right kitchen practices.

Microbiologist Dr. Marian De Leon, meanwhile, recommends using antibacterial dishwashing liquid soap to fend off germs.

“Malaking bagay ang paggamit ng antibacterial soap [kasi] nakakatulong talaga s’ya sa pagbaba ng dami ng mikrobyo. Kasabay din no’n ‘yung paggamit nang tama doon sa ating mga sponges,” De Leon said.