Which information is true about Diphyllobothrium Latum?

Diphyllobothrium latum and related species (the fish or broad tapeworm), the largest tapeworms that can infect people, can grow up to 30 feet long. While most infections are asymptomatic, complications include intestinal obstruction and gall bladder disease caused by migration of proglottids.

What is the common name for Diphyllobothrium Latum?

Dibothriocephalus latus (=Diphyllobothrium latum), the “broad fish tapeworm”, is usually assumed to be the most common agent of human diphyllobothriasis.

What is the first intermediate host of Diphyllobothrium Latum?

After ingestion by a suitable freshwater crustacean (the copepod first intermediate host) the coracidia develop into procercoid larvae .

How can you prevent Diphyllobothrium Latum?

How can I prevent Diphyllobothrium infection?

  1. Cooking. Cook fish adequately (to an internal temperature of at least 145° F [~63° C]).
  2. Freezing. At -4°F (-20°C) or below for 7 days (total time), or. At -31°F (-35°C) or below until solid, and storing at -31°F (-35°C) or below for 15 hours, or.

Which disease is caused by Diphyllobothrium latum?

Diphyllobothriasis is the infection caused by tapeworms of the genus Diphyllobothrium (commonly D. latum and D. nihonkaiense). Diphyllobothriasis mostly occurs in regions where raw fish is regularly consumed; those who consume raw fish are at risk of infection.

What is the treatment for Diphyllobothrium latum?

Yes, safe and effective medications are available to treat Diphyllobothrium infection (praziquantel or niclosamide are used most often).

What happens if you eat a fish with worms?

Worm parasites only cause health problems when inadequately prepared fish are eaten (proper freezing and normal cooking kill the worms). The worms are not passed from person to person. Swallowing a live parasitic worm may not cause any illness if it passes through the intestine and is excreted.