Sushi has never been more popular, but it does have a downside if you don’t like the idea of worms growing in your stomach.
According to a story in The Telegraph raw fish carries tiny worms that can take up residence in your stomach.
They can cause a severe stomach pain along with vomiting and fever. They can also lead to a more serious condition of an anaphylactic reaction, which can be life-threatening.
Cooking kills the tiny worms, but the rise in popularity of raw fish in sushi has led to an increase in cases.
Due to changes in food habits, anisakiasis is a growing disease in Western countries, and the illness should be suspected in patients with a history of ingestion of raw or uncooked fish.
Patients can have allergic symptoms. Gastrointestinal symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting and complications like digestive bleeding, bowel obstruction, and peritonitis can also arise.
— Dr. Joana Carmo, a gastroenterologist at the Hospital of Egas Moniz in Lisbon,