Enjoy your sushi responsibly

December 22, 2012

The sushi eating craze has been going on for years for many folks across the country, including most of my children.

I am not a big fan of raw fish, but I do enjoy eating cooked fish. Eating raw fish is generally not a bad thing, though eating raw freshwater fish that is not cured correctly could infect you with a tapeworm.

Apparently most saltwater fish don’t carry this infection called “Diphyllobothrium,” therefore you are more than likely OK at the sushi bar.

Typically, most people infected with Diphyllobothrium have little or no symptons at all, especially early in the infection. However, some symptoms can include abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss.

Vitamin B12 losses due to the infection may lead to anemia. Some complications include intestinal obstruction and gall bladder disease.

This Diphyllobothrium as is defined in layman’s terms as a tapeworm infection. There are several types of these worms, some of which can grow up to 30 feet long. Diagnosis is made by identification of eggs or segments of the tapeworm in a stool sample with a microscope.

This infection is easily treated with medication (praziquantel or niclosamide are used most often). Typical infections occur in humans by eating raw or undercooked fish. Examples of fish include salmon, trout, perch, walleyed pike, and other species — usually freshwater fish.

Some fish such as salmon live in both fresh and salt water and can harbor Diphyllobothrium larvae. Lightly salted, smoked, or pickled fish also may contain infectious organisms.

Diphyllobothrium infection generally occurs in the Northern Hemisphere (Europe, newly independent states of the Former Soviet Union, North America, Asia), but has been reported in Uganda and Chile.Fish infected with Diphyllobothrium larvae may be transported to any area of the world.

The best answer is to not eat raw or undercooked fish. The FDA recommends the following for fish preparation or storage.

1. Cooking – Cook fish adequately (to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees.

2. Freezing – At -4 degrees or below for seven days (total time), or at -31 or below until solid for storing, depending on the length of time.

I understand that you cannot get infected with fresh raw oysters, which is good news for many who enjoy them on the half shell.

Hood County Fishing Report

Sand bass and black bass action continue to be good on Granbury if you can get on the water. Granbury is about 6 feet low and falling.

Sand bass continue to be good on slabs worked on feeding flats near dropoffs.

Black bass are good on soft plastics near main lake points. Many black bass are schooling with the sand bass.

Whitney and Possum Kingdom sand bass are good to excellent on the main lake. Look for the birds. Crappie are fair to good in the river above Whitney on small crappie jigs in white and bubblegum colors.

Hybrid striper action is good on bass assassins and swimbaits on Benbrook, Bridgeport and Lewisville. Best Striper action is on Texoma, where limits can be taken fairly easily. Best action is reported on the north end in the Washita River and in the main lake near North Island and in the Red River west of the 377 bridge.

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