Anisakiasis

Meaghan Working

Human Biology 103: Parasites and Pestilence

Spring 2001

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Public Health and Prevention

Arguably, the most important point of control of anisakiasis lies in taking the proper public health precautions and prevention tactics.

As of now, the common procedure is to examine frequently infected white-fleshed fish on a light table for evidence of Anisakidae larvae. However, this practice is not entirely effective or even adequate for fish with pigmented flesh.

As a result, the FDA has ruled that all fish for raw consumption should be blast frozen to -35°C or below for 15 hours, or should be regularly frozen to -20°C for seven days.

Additionally, education is a key tool in controlling the spread of anisakiasis in both the U.S. and the world--people must be aware of the risks of eating raw fish so that the prevalency of the disease will decrease.