Centipedes are not a superfood, doctors warn
The trend for eating creepy crawlies may be stopped in its tracks with doctors reporting that consuming uncooked centipedes comes with the risk of meningoencephalitis.
Centipede, normally dried and powdered, is a part of Chinese complementary medicine, and is used to treat whooping cough, tetanus and cardiovascular disease.
But Chinese doctors report they have seen two cases of brain inflammation – in a mother and son – who were infected with the parasite rat lungworm after consuming raw centipedes.
It's the first time the rat lungworm, or the Angiostrongylus cantonensis parasite, has been detected in centipedes, according to the researchers from Southern Medical University and Zhujiang Hospital in Guangzhou province.
It is usually contracted from consuming raw snails or slugs.
"We don't typically hear of people eating raw centipedes, but apparently these two patients