Contaminated pork causes outbreak of trichinosis in Mar del Plata, Argentina

Consumption of contaminated pork is causing an outbreak of a parasitic disease called trichinosis in one area of Argentina. So far, there are 41 cases who reside in Mar del Plata, Batán and Miramar. The source of the contaminated pork is under investigation.

Advice For Travellers

Infection with the trichinella parasite may cause intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting), muscle pain, swelling around the eyes, fever, and rashes. Serious cases can cause inflammation of the heart, lungs and central nervous system. Consumption of under cooked pork is the cause of this infection. Travellers should always ensure that all pork meat and pork products are thoroughly cooked.