March 26, 2015
Early treatment with mebendazole within the first 6 days of Trichinella exposure prevented the onset of clinical trichinellosis, according to recent findings.
In a prospective cohort study, researchers evaluated 101 people in Germany exposed to wild boar meat products contaminated with Trichinella spiralis. The tainted meat, discovered through routine molecular typing at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, had entered the food chain in March 2013. Eight kilograms of the muscle tissue of the infected boar had produced 1,050 cured raw sausages intended for raw consumption. An additional 30 kg to 35 kg were sold as fresh meat to be cooked. Those who reported eating the affected meat were interviewed about their exposure, symptoms and treatment. Seventy-one of those who completed the questionnaire also underwent Trichinella-specific laboratory diagnostic tests.