What is trichinosis?

Trichinosis is a food-borne disease that is caused by eating raw or undercooked meats, particularly pork products infested with the larvae of a species of worm called trichinella spiralis. Anyone is susceptible, regardless of age or health status.

What causes trichinosis?

The most common causes of trichinosis are:

  • Eating raw or undercooked pork products
  • Eating improperly stored meats
  • Unclean kitchen utensils used to prepare meats

What are the symptoms of trichinosis?

Symptoms of trichinosis range from very mild to severe and can include:

Additional symptoms that may develop include:

  • Thirst
  • Profuse sweating
  • Chills
  • Extreme tiredness

In severe cases, trichinosis can cause:

These symptoms can last from 5 to 45 days, but they usually begin to appear 10 to 14 days after consuming the infected meat. Milder cases of trichinosis are often mistaken for the flu or other common illnesses. In extreme cases, trichinosis may result in death.