Foodborne trematode infections

Researchers have increased knowledge of the lifecycle of some parasites by studying snails in Thailand. These parasites can cause severe infections in humans who consume raw or improperly cooked fish that have fed on infected snails.

Parasitic flatworms were found to use several species of thiarid snails, commonly found in freshwater environments in Southeast Asia, as their first intermediate host.

“Trematode infections are major public health problems affecting humans in Southeast Asia. Trematode infections depend not only on the habit of people, but also on the presence of first and second intermediate host species, resulting in the endemic spread of
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The first sets of food safety risk communication and country-specific action plans to tackle the significant public health problem of foodborne parasites have been identified in Asia.

They were discussed at a regional meeting to accelerate prevention and control of neglected foodborne parasitic zoonoses in certain Asian countries in 2018 with a focus on foodborne trematode (FBT) infection, taeniasis and cysticercosis which is infection with the tapeworm Taenia solium and echinococcosis caused by Echinococcus.

It was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health
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