Food safety and quality

FAO/WHO/OIE: Learning about parasitic diseases


Parasites in food can infect in humans via the consumption of contaminated vegetables or animal food products, such as pork, raw fish or crustaceans, and they can lead to severe human health problems. While it may not be common to see this topic addressed, knowing how parasites are transmitted,the effects they can have, and any preventive measures can be extremely beneficial.

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, as part of the tripartite with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), published a set of one-page leaflets on some parasitic diseases, namely Clonorchiasis and Opisthorchiasis, Cystic and alveolar echinococcosis, Fascioliasis (Liver fluke), Paragonimiasis, Taeniasis and Cysticercosis, Trichinellosis (Trichinosis). The materials are now available in English, Russian and Spanish.

The schematic leaflets provide information on the parasitic diseases, such as: their transmission and the risk factors associated with the parasites, the signs and symptoms of the diseases, the methods for detection and diagnosis, the possible treatments, and the public health prevention and control actions that can be implemented.

Download the leaflets in English

Download the leaflets in Spanish

Download the leaflets in Russian

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