The Ministry of Health of the province of Santa Fe, launched an alert to a recent outbreak of trichinosis in various locations in the territory. So far, 26 suspected and 8 confirmed cases of this parasitic disease have been registered. At the same time, the provincial Health portfolio asked the population to avoid sausage foods that have not gone through sanitary controls.
These products are usually sold on the routes and roads of the country, although these highways Province of Santa Fe they are no exception. When they are homemade, these items do not usually go through sanitary control and from the Ministry of Health, they always have a magnifying glass on the cases of food poisoning that they can generate.
For the number of entrepreneurs who dedicate themselves to this work on routes and roads, people poisonings are minimal, but they do exist, as in the case of Santa Fe which culminated in the launch of the health alert. The provincial districts affected with cases of trichinosis are Granadero Baigorria (four cases), San Lorenzo (three cases) and Rufino (one case).
The health authorities reported that “With the aim of strengthening prevention measures, given the recent appearance of outbreaks in the towns of Granadero Baigorria, San Lorenzo and Rufino, it is noted that the main source of transmission is pork products and their processed derivatives. that have not passed through the corresponding controls.
What is trichinosis?
This disease, called trichinosis, is a parasitic condition caused by a nematode (worm) and its transmission consists of eating pork that is infested by larvae of the parasite in question. These larvae lodge in muscle cells or fat walls of the animal. Subsequently, the larvae reach adulthood in the small intestine of the person who ingests them, where they lay larvae again and the cycle is repeated even throughout the life of the host.
The symptoms of this disease are: fever; abdominal pain; cramps, diarrhea, muscle pain; palpitations; eyelid edema; skin rash; headache and blurred vision. The host can achieve a balance between the conditions and the immune response by making the presence of the parasite go undetected. To date, there is no specific treatment for this disease. Pain relievers and bowel medicines are often given, but they cannot be withdrawn from the muscles.