Trichina Worms Make a Comeback

GERMANY - Animal health officials today reported that trichina worms, known to infect pigs and cause illnesses in humans, have made a comeback in Germany.
calendar icon 21 November 2008
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The worms were found at a slaughterhouse in a pig from a private home, veterinarian Holger Vogel said in Anklam.

Many area householders still keep pig-sties and raise pigs at home.

He said the worms appeared to have been spread by rodents from nearby western Poland, where the nematodes are rife. It has spread to wild animals in the Western Pomerania area.

Decades ago, Germany wiped out the disease in domestic animals, but it is still common in developing nations.

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