Researchers find dangerous tapeworms in Alaskan salmon

January 17, 2017

Salmon lovers have a new reason to opt for roasted instead of raw. Scientists have documented that the Japanese broad tapeworm has made its way to the waters of the North Pacific and is thriving among the salmon population there.

Salmon on ice. Photo illustration

Published in the February edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases the findings of a research team that included staff from Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game and a group of Czech and Slovak academic institutions provides data supporting warnings against eating raw fish, and particularly raw salmon.

Previously the parasite — known officially as Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense