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Doctors then unravelled the tapeworm, whose length was an astounding 5-and-a-half feet.
According to the doctor-run podcast, This Won't Hurt A Bit, a no-nonsense Fresno man removed a tapeworm from his own rectum and later presented it to the bemused staff of a local Hospital.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that a tapeworm known to infect salmon from the Asian Pacific is now present in fish from USA waters.
The best defense is to eat fish that's been adequately cooked or flash frozen. The tapeworm reportedly began to leave the man's body while he was sitting on the toilet.
Dr. Banh said the tapeworm had likely been growing in the man's stomach for at least six months.
A patient at Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center recently came to Dr. Kenny Banh, an emergency medicine doctor, complaining of bloody diarrhea and asking to be treated for tapeworms, Banh recalled on the latest episode of the podcast.
Hospital staff laid the worm over a paper and measured it at exactly 5 ½ feet.
The man's story is making the rounds after it was featured last week on the medical podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit".
"I looked down and it looked like there was a piece of intestine hanging out of me", Bahn quoted the man as saying.
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"He grabs it, and he pulls on it, and it keeps coming out".
But aside from the sheer horror of it, tapeworms do not typically do much damage to their hosts.
The good news is that worms - even giant ones - are treatable with de-worming medication.
People sometimes ingest tapeworms intentionally as as a medically dubious weight loss technique, but Banh said the patient reported not losing any weight of late. "Simple treatment, one dose, kills all the worms".
While there are other cases of tapeworm in the United States, those cases are primarily a different genus of tapeworm found in pork and beef.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for controlling parasites that may live in seafood - by cooking the food or freezing it at certain temperatures for certain amounts of time.
At -31°For below until solid and storing at -4°F or below for 24 hours.