Trichinellosis, a foodborne illness caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, has become rare in the United States. However, it is still possible to get trichinellosis from wild game or pork. This podcast discusses the symptoms of trichinellosis, and conveys the importance of thoroughly cooking meat to avoid trichinellosis. Created: 12/17/2009 by MMWR.
Date Released: 12/17/2009. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
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Trichinellosis Surveillance — United States, 2002-2007
Recorded: December 15, 2009; posted: December 17, 2009
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Trichinellosis is a type of foodborne illness caused by eating raw or undercooked meat. It
used to be commonly found in pork products, but trichinellosis has become rare in the
United States, largely because of improved standards in the pork industry and other foodsafety
regulations. Most cases today are caused by people eating wild game, such as bear,
but it’s still possible to get trichinellosis from pork. Common symptoms include stomach
ache, muscle pain, fever, and puffy eyes. If you are preparing meat, especially wild game,
make sure it’s fully cooked before serving or eating to avoid trichinellosis.
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