The Angiostrongylus cantonensis parasite, seen here under an optical microscope, was found in a 78-year-old Chinese woman and her 46-year-old son who fell ill after eating live centipedes. Photo: Handout

Life-threatening parasite found in Chinese patients who ate raw centipedes

Centipedes widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, in dried or powder form, do not carry the parasite

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The Angiostrongylus cantonensis parasite, seen here under an optical microscope, was found in a 78-year-old Chinese woman and her 46-year-old son who fell ill after eating live centipedes. Photo: Handout
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