Monday, August 21, 2006

revenge of the snails

50 people were down with meningitis in Beijing after eating freshwater snails at a local Sichuan restaurant chain. They were infected by a nematode parasite, rat lung-worm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis).

actually Schistosomiasis, another snail-born parasite disease is also prevalent in Southern China.

I was wondering earlier if another favourite local Sichuan dish, spicy freshwater crabs 香辣蟹, might carry a heavy parasite load. This dish is very popular in Beijing especially on hot summer nights. people quaffed beer and chomp this fiery hot dish.

well, another food scare in jolly old China. one of the many and won't be the last...

update: number of cases had climbed to 87

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