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Korean J Parasitol. 1991 Jun;29(2):189-191. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1991.29.2.189
Copyright © 1991 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Metacercarial infections of Paragonimus westermani in freshwater crabs sold in markets in Seoul
S Y Cho,S Y Kang,Y Kong and H J Yang*
Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 156-756, Korea.

Status of metacercarial infections of Paragonimus westermani was observed in freshwater crabs, which were purchased at 3 markets in its peak season of 1990. All of 85 crabs were Eriocheir japonicus. No other species of Eriocheir were found. When crushed muscle and viscera was examined individually, the infection rate was 11.8%; and mean number of metacercariae was 2.1 per infected crab. Unless adequately cooked, freshwater crabs are still potential sources of human paragonimiasis.


Table 1
Results of examination for Paragonimus metacercariae in 85 Eriocheir japonicus sold in markets in 1990

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