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The Fifth Outbreak of Trichinosis in Korea

Korean Journal of Parasitology 2011년 49권 4호 p.405 ~ 408
 ( Rhee Ji-Young ) - Dankook University College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine

 ( Hong Sung-Tae ) - Seoul National University College of Medicine Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine
 ( Lee Hye-Jung ) - Dankook University College of Medicine Department of Parasitology
 ( Seo Min ) - Dankook University College of Medicine Department of Parasitology
 ( Kim Suk-Bae ) - Dankook University College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine

Abstract


Trichinosis is a food-borne zoonotic disease caused by the nematode, Trichinella spp., and had been reported several times in Korea. Recently, there was an additional outbreak, involving 5 patients, the findings from which are reported herein. On 30 November 2010, 8 persons ate sashimi of the meat of a wild boar. Then, 2-3 weeks later, they complained of myalgia and fever. Unfortunately, muscle biopsy was not performed, but ELISA was performed using their sera. Two people among 8 were positive for Trichinella on the 34th day post-infection (PI), and 3 patients who initially revealed negative ELISA were additionally proved to be positive for trichinosis on the 42nd day PI. Hence, the confirmed patients of trichinosis were 5 in total in the present outbreak. They were treated with albendazole and discharged uneventfully. This was the fifth outbreak of trichinosis in Korea.

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Trichinella; trichinosis; wild boar; ELISA; outbreak
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