August 21, 2008
Tasty! II

Reason # 431 on the Why I Don't Like Seafood list: giant parasites:

A man who contends he got a 9-foot tapeworm after eating undercooked fish is suing a Chicago restaurant.

The article isn't clear on the time line, and makes it sound like it all happened very quickly. If so, well, 9 foot tapeworms don't get that big overnight. I think. How the heck should I know?

Posted by scott at August 21, 2008 08:41 AM

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I went a-looking for tapeworm growth rates and was disappointed. I don't remember them growing all that fast.

though, oddly enough, I did find out that there is a fairly common fish-tapeworm out there. Some folks show that up to 80% of different populations in Finland are infected with this. Guessing it's not that big of a deal.

Fun fact - there was a 100' tapeworm removed from a whale carcass. Article is found via Wiki and is in Time magazine.

Posted by: ronaprhys on August 21, 2008 09:45 AM
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