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Volume 15, Number 12—December 2009


Human Trichinosis after Consumption of Soft-Shelled Turtles, Taiwan

Yi-Chun Lo, Chien-Ching Hung, Ching-Shih Lai, Zhiliang Wu, Isao Nagano, Takuya Maeda, Yuzo Takahashi, Chan-Hsien Chiu, and Donald Dah-Shyong JiangComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control, Taipei, Taiwan (Y.-C. Lo, C.-H. Chiu, D.D.-S. Jiang); National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei (C.-C. Hung); Department of Health, Taipei (C.-S. Lai); Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, Gifu, Japan (Z. Wu, I. Nagano, Y. Takahasi); University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (T. Maeda)

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Table 1

Clinical characteristics and results of serologic assays of 8 case-patients with Trichinella infection, Taiwan, 2008

Patient no./group Age, y/ sex Incubation period, d Symptoms Eosinophils, cells/μL Acute-phase titer†
Convalescent-phase titer‡
spiralis T. pseudospiralis T. 
spiralis T. pseudospiralis
1/A 60/M 7 Fever, myalgia, malaise 6,825 25,600 25,600 51,200 51,200
2/A 52/M 6 Fever, myalgia, malaise, periorbital swelling, leg swelling 3,815 800 400 51,200 51,200
3/A 57/M 14 Myalgia, malaise, trismus, tremor 2,713 NA* NA 12,800 12,800
4/A 57/F 8 Fever, chills, dyspnea, myalgia, malaise, trismus, tremor, periorbital swelling 5,055 NA NA 51,200 51,200
5/A 62/M 15 Fever, myalgia, malaise 1,421 3,200 1,600 51,200 51,200
6/B 52/M 8 Fever 4,461 12,800 6,400 51,200 25,600
7/B 57/M 7 Fever, myalgia, leg swelling, periorbital swelling, skin rash 8,505 12,800 12,800 25,600 12,800
8/B 47/M 8 Fever, myalgia NA NA NA 25,600 25,600

*NA, not applicable.
†Weeks 3–5 postexposure.
‡Weeks 7–9 postexposure.

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