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
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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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

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
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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