Lung Fluke (Paragonimiasis)

Paragonimiasis is a disease caused by parasites called flukes, most commonly Paragonimus westermani. There are other Paragonimus species that can cause disease in humans. The major forms of disease are pulmonary (lung) and extrapulmonary (outside of the lung, such as in the abdomen or brain). Infections with this parasite have occurred in Orange County in persons who ate raw freshwater Japanese crabs, known as sawagani or regal crabs (shown at right).
Questions and Answers Paragonimus Fact Sheet (English)
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Paragonimus Fact Sheet (en Español)
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2006 HCA Press Releases

  • August 11, 2006
  • August 24, 2006
  • September 8, 2006

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