Tapeworm case sparks warning over eating raw fish

Australia’s first case of tapeworm following consumption of freshly caught raw fish has led to a warning that more cases may be on the way.

Pathologists in SA found tapeworms in a three-year-old boy who had eaten raw tuna, sillago and goatfish caught by his father in the Spencer Gulf off the Eyre Peninsula.

The child presented with a one-month history of poor appetite and loose stools, according to the report in Emerging Infection Diseases.

His parents had noticed tapeworm-like creatures in the faeces for two days, and pathology tests confirmed the diagnosis of

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