June 27, 2019

Camping couple survive parasite worm attack

3mm worth of wriggling terror with razor sharp teeth, coming soon to an organ inside of you if you are not careful.

An Australian couple who went camping in Western Australia has ended up having their insides attacked by carnivorous parasite worms.

The couple caught a fish from the Calder River near Derby on their camping trip and fried it up for a meal. Ten days later they both fell violently ill with muscle pains and vomiting. Their skin started to look like orange peel.

With things getting worse the 52-year-old male commented to his doctor that he could feel something crawling underneath his skin. This triggered further research that discovered flesh eating parasite worms living inside the couple.

It is the first time a case like this has ever been found in Australia with previous recorded cases having caught the parasite overseas.

Thankfully a course of antibiotics have killed the parasites but the victims will have to be monitored as the larvae could live on in the couple’s bodies for up to 15 years.

Alfred hospital infectious disease physician Andrew Fuller said that when the couple ate the fish, believed to be a black bream, they also ingested the gnathostomiasis larvae which are flesh eating parasites.

“The worms are 1-3mm long and have got these sharp little teeth and they can go anywhere they like in the body,” Dr Fuller said.

“They can make their way into the brain, other organs and the spinal cord. They eat your tissues,” Dr Fuller said.

Yum – anyone for freshly caught pan fried Black Bream?