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Study: Sushi boom puts US at risk of parasite infections

The number of cases reported in the country is increasing with a boom in raw fish consumption.

A new study published by BMJ Journal found cases of anisakiasis, a disease normally seen in Japan caused by a parasite found in raw fish, are increasing in the United States, reports Metro.

According to the report, salmon, herring, cod, mackerel, squid, halibut and red snapper can carry the parasite.

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending to avoid the intake of raw fish, or to freeze at least at -20 degrees Celsius for a minimum of 72 hours.

Anisakiasis has been rare in the US, but cases are rising because of the increased consumption of sushi and other raw fish and seafood dishes.

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