Journal Article

Sushi Delights and Parasites: The Risk of Fishborne and Foodborne Parasitic Zoonoses in Asia

Yukifumi Nawa, Christoph Hatz and Johannes Blum

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 41, issue 9, pages 1297-1303
Published in print November 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/496920
Sushi Delights and Parasites: The Risk of Fishborne and Foodborne Parasitic Zoonoses in Asia

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Because of the worldwide popularization of Japanese cuisine, the traditional Japanese fish dishes sushi and sashimi that are served in Japanese restaurants and sushi bars have been suspected of causing fishborne parasitic zoonoses, especially anisakiasis. In addition, an array of freshwater and brackish-water fish and wild animal meats, which are important sources of infection with zoonotic parasites, are served as sushi and sashimi in rural areas of Japan. Such fishborne and foodborne parasitic zoonoses are also endemic in many Asian countries that have related traditional cooking styles. Despite the recent increase in the number of travelers to areas where these zoonoses are endemic, travelers and even infectious disease specialists are unaware of the risk of infection associated with eating exotic ethnic dishes. The aim of this review is to provide practical background information regarding representative fishborne and foodborne parasitic zoonoses endemic in Asian countries.

Journal Article.  4590 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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