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Volume 17, Number 12—December 2011

CME ACTIVITY - Synopsis

Worldwide Occurrence and Impact of Human Trichinellosis, 1986–2009

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Article Title: Worldwide Occurrence and Impact of Human Trichinellosis, 1986–2009

CME Questions

  1. You are seeing a 40-year-old man with a 1-month history of myalgia, diarrhea, and intermittent fever. He has a history of eating raw meat on a hunting trip 6 weeks ago.

    You suspect that this patient might have trichinellosis. What should you consider regarding the epidemiology of trichinellosis in the current study?

    A - Trichinellosis was particularly common among Muslims
    B - Western Europe had higher rates of trichinellosis compared with Eastern Europe
    C - The prevalence of trichinellosis in the United States has risen dramatically
    D - Argentina has the highest prevalence of trichinellosis in South America
  2. Which of the following epidemiologic trends in trichinellosis was most pronounced in the current study?

    A - Children had higher rates of trichinellosis compared with adults
    B - Adults had higher rates of trichinellosis compared with children
    C - Women had higher rates of trichinellosis compared with men
    D - Men had higher rates of trichinellosis compared with women
  3. What should you consider regarding the diagnosis and treatment of trichinellosis in this patient?

    A - Symptoms of myalgia, diarrhea, and fever are common
    B - Symptoms usually resolve within a few days of the initiation of therapy
    C - No long-term sequelae to infection have been described
    D - Trichinellosis is still usually fatal
  4. Which of the following animals was the most common source of trichinellosis in the current study?

    A - Horse
    B - Dog
    C - Cow
    D - Pig

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