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What causes paragonimiasis?

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It's caused by infection with a flatworm, a parasitic worm also called a fluke or lung fluke. Usually, you get it after you eat undercooked crab or crayfish that carry immature flukes.

Once swallowed, the worms mature and grow inside the body. Over months, they spread through the intestines and belly. They penetrate the diaphragm muscle to enter the lungs. There, they lay eggs and can survive for years.

Paragonimiasis is rare in the U.S. Most cases happen in Asia, West Africa, and South and Central America.

From: Paragonimiasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC. "Parasites -- Paragonimiasis (also known as Paragonimus Infection)."

Procop, G. 2009. Clinical Microbiology Reviews,

Fried, B. , 2010. Parasitology Research

Harinasuta, T. , 1993. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America

Yang, S. 1959. Diseases of the Chest,

Johnson, R. 1985. Reviews of Infectious Diseases,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 02, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC. "Parasites -- Paragonimiasis (also known as Paragonimus Infection)."

Procop, G. 2009. Clinical Microbiology Reviews,

Fried, B. , 2010. Parasitology Research

Harinasuta, T. , 1993. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America

Yang, S. 1959. Diseases of the Chest,

Johnson, R. 1985. Reviews of Infectious Diseases,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 02, 2019

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