Commonly infected wildlife
Is this animal infected?
- Many species of freshwater fish and salmon can be infected
- Affected animals have worms that may be coiled in muscles, or in cysts within internal organs
- Worms vary in length (from 1/8 inch-1/2 inch)
Can I get it?
- By consuming raw or undercooked fish
- People can develop mature tapeworms in their intestines
How bad can it get?
Medications can kill and remove the worms.
Protect myself and others
- Kill the worms!
- Cook fish to 165°F for 5 minutes or
- Freeze at 0°F for 24 hours
Symptoms in humans
- Most people have no or mild symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Itchy anus
- Massive infection may cause:
- Numbness of extremities
- Additional symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
Safe for pets?
- Cook or freeze first
- These worms can survive and grow in dog intestines
What causes it?
- A tapeworm called Diphyllobothrium
- Commonly known as broad fish tapeworm
- It can grow to 30 feet in length in human intestines