What are the risks of consuming uncooked pork?
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Hi me and my wife accidentally consume about a table spoon full of uncooked pork. We made dumpling fill with ground pork and put it in a freezer then we take it out and boil it. We eat a couple of dumpling and relize on the third that it was not cooked properly and it looks to be raw. Please advise what i should do next. We are really nervous
Posted Tue, 3 Dec 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Please do not worry Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. Please do not worry if you have eaten few servings of uncooked pork meat. Getting infected by tapeworm from single consumption of uncooked pork is rare. Pork is well preserved these days and chances are almost remote. The only concern will be any kind of food poisoning or infection with trichinella parasite. This can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. If nothing happens for 24 hours after consumption, then it here is no further risk. Hope your query is answered. Do write back in case of doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek
Follow-up: What are the risks of consuming uncooked pork? 3 hours later
Is there a chance of getting round worm with no symptoms. Should we take some pill at this early stage.
Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 8 hours later
Brief Answer: Please find detailed answers below Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing in with an update. Even if not entirely due to this incident, you and your wife can get treated with parasite-killing medications such as albendazole, mebendazole, or pyrantel pamoate which are usually prescribed. These medications should not be taken by pregnant women, please be sure that your wife is not pregnant before she takes these medications. Hope your query is answered. Do write back in case of doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek
Follow-up: What are the risks of consuming uncooked pork? 7 hours later
So far so good it has been almost 24hour no vomiting and no diarhea just a slight stomach disconfort . Wife had no symptoms. Is it nesecery to go get an anti paracitic meds from a doctor at this point.please advice. If med is needed what is the maximum time alowed to get it?
Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 20 hours later
Brief Answer: Please find detailed answer below Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing back with an update. The anti parasite medications are usually taken as a precautionary measure. There is no fixed time to take the medication in your situation. You can wait for a week to 15 days also before taking this medication. This is because the worms do not appear immediately, they follow a life cycle. Please do not get worried for worms so much. Only suggestion is avoid taking uncooked pork next time. Hope your query is answered. Do write backmif you have any doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek