What sushi parasites can infect humans?
I used to love sushi…until I found out about sushi parasites. Now I avoid eating sushi rolls like the parasitic worm plague it can be. There are 3 classes of parasites that have been proven to commonly infect sushi rolls and sashimi.
Anisakis Simplex Sushi Worm
Anisakis, also known as herring worm disease, was first discovered in 1960 in pickled herring. Since it’s discovery, Anisakis has been found in many different sushi dishes, including:
Colonoscopy and Endoscopy Parasite Test
Endoscopies and colonoscopies can sometimes find parasitic worms like roundworms and tapeworms. This test can occasionally find intestinal flukes.
But, because many intestinal parasites can’t be detected with this test, I would not recommend this as a comprehensive parasite test.