The possibility of trichinosis may not be considered when someone eats raw meat from a reptile.


Trichinella organisms have been found in:

(1) the Nile crocodile in Africa

(2) saltwater crocodile in Southeast Asia

(3) turtles in Southeast Asia

(4) brown lizard in Southeast Asia

(5) pythons


Implicated species: T. papuae (for Papua New Guinea) and T. zimbabwensis


Clinical presentation:

(1) fever, myalgias, malaise and periorbital swelling

(2) eosinophilia

(3) history of eating raw reptile meat

(4) positive laboratory evidence for Trichenlla (serology, PCR, etc)


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