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A California Man Pulled a 5-and-a-Half-Foot Tape Worm Out of His Own Body

A Fresno, California, man who eats salmon sashimi every day pulled a 5-and-a-half-foot tapeworm pulled out of his own body, USA Today reports (excuse me while I go cancel my spicy tuna roll order).

The case, which happened back in August, was discussed on the “This Won’t Hurt a Bit” podcast. During the show, Dr. Kenny Banh of the UC San Francisco Fresno campus hospital talked about seeing the worm that the man pulled out of his derrière.

The owner of the tapeworm originally told the doctor he had bloody diarrhea and thought his intestines were coming out, but when he reached down to see what was emerging from his body, he realized it was a worm ... and proceeded to pull out all 5-and-a-half feet of it instead of screaming for help that very second.

Sushi lovers can stop freaking out though, because Banh discovered the cause of the tapeworm was actually from a contaminated batch of salmon sashimi caught off the Pacific coast. Tapeworm often shows no major symptoms, but in more severe cases, they do lead to intestinal pain like Banh’s patient had.

Do enjoy your sushi, friends.

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