Mallorca – the dream island of the Germans. But the pleasures of the holidays are currently obscured by the discovery of a dangerous parasite. To avoid a life-threatening infection
Solitary berries, almond blossom and crystal clear water: Mallorca has a lot to offer. But the island is not limited to the beautiful things in life. Recently, in addition to the problems of wastage and alcohol-related tourists, a deadly parasite has aroused discontent: the rat lungworm (Angiostronggylus cantonensi).
Lungworm meningitis in rats: these symptoms should be taken seriously
Where many have already put the hair on the neck, disgust grows in the description of the worm. Wherever he feels particularly in South-East Asia and the Pacific Basin, he also performs in Europe – but very rarely. The discovery in Mallorca is the second in Europe. But the consequences of an infection are fatal, ranging from gastrointestinal problems to life-threatening meningitis (meningitis). Larvae of rat lung worms migrate through the gastrointestinal tract to the meningeswhere they can cause the following symptoms:
If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately consult a doctor who will initiate the appropriate treatment.
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Too raw or not hard: you have to pay attention to this on vacation
The rat lung worm prefers to touch the lungs of rats and other host animals such as hedgehogs. But even the animals that land on our plates are in danger. Thus, the parasite is also present in snails, crabs and freshwater shrimps, as indicated by the guidebooks in question. The problem here: Those who eat raw or uncooked meat can infect with the wormPeople with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly or HIV patients, are particularly at risk.
But even for healthy people, meningitis can be fatalIn Hawaii, nine deaths were reported in Hawaii in 2017, which were linked to infected snails, the waz portal said.
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