Chinese man's body is 'filled with parasites' from eating raw fish

Seafood lover’s bile duct is ‘filled with huge parasites’ after he ‘ate raw fish regularly for 32 years’

  • The 50-year-old in China was rushed to hospital after suffering a severe infection
  • Doctors found what they called ‘super-size parasites’ in the man during a CT scan
  • The patient admitted that he had enjoyed eating raw fish regularly for 32 years
  • He said he thought having the dish with strong liquor would ‘kill the parasites’

A man in China has had what doctors called ‘huge parasites’ removed from his body after he suffered a severe infection due to his eating habit.

Medics were shocked to find the 50-year-old’s bile duct, a tube connecting the liver and the small intestine, riddled with the live worms during an X-ray scan.

The patient told reporters that he had enjoyed eating raw fish, a regional dish known for its ‘fresh’ taste, as a regular meal for over three decades.

A man in China has had what doctors called ‘huge parasites’ removed from his body after he suffered a severe infection due to his eating habit. The picture shows the removed worms

A man (pictured left) in southern China’s Guangxi Province has had what doctors called ‘huge parasites’ removed from his body after he suffered a severe infection due to his eating habit

The incident came to light after the man, who remains anonymous, was recently admitted to the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University in southern China’s Nanning city.

While examining the patient with a CT scan, doctors were shocked to see his bile duct filled with live parasites, with some as big as sunflower seeds, according to local media.

The bile ducts are a series of thin tubes that go from the liver to the small intestine.

As part of the digestive system, the tubes move a fluid called bile from the liver and gallbladder into the small intestine, where it helps digest the fats in food.

The Chinese underwent an operation to remove the live worms from his body.


Pictures released by Nanning Television shows more dead parasites being drained out of the patient’s body through plastic tubes after the surgery. He is recovering after the operation

While examining the patient with a CT scan, doctors were shocked to see his bile duct filled with live parasites, with some as big as sunflower seeds, according to local media

Pictures released by Nanning Television shows more dead parasites being drained out of the patient’s body through plastic tubes after the surgery.

The 50-year-old was diagnosed with clonorchiasis – an infectious disease caused by a type of parasitic worm commonly known as the Chinese liver fluke, which is usually found in fish and prawns.

The man admitted that he had been eating raw fish, a regional delicacy, regularly for the past 32 years.

While enjoying the meal, the foodie would also have some strong liquor, which he believed could disinfect the raw meat.

‘I would have a bite of raw fish and a sip of alcohol,’ the patient told reporters. ‘I thought it could kill the parasites that way.’

The 50-year-old was diagnosed with clonorchiasis – an infectious disease caused by a type of parasitic worm commonly known as the Chinese liver fluke, which is usually found in fish. This file picture taken on June 17 shows people shopping for live seafood at a market in Beijing

It is believed that the Chinese man is recovering at the hospital following his surgery.

Around three to five million people suffered infection by the Chinese live fluke last year due to the locals’ habit of eating raw seafood, according to reports.

Earlier this year, another man from south-western Chinese province Sichuan had half of his liver removed after the organ was severely infected by the parasites.

The patient told the doctors that he had eaten purposely undercooked fish because it retained a better taste of the meat.

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