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Major brown bear meat poisoning in Tomsk region: 34 contaminated, 16 suffer from trichinosis

By The Siberian Times reporter
25 October 2017

Four children among those hit by the infection which has spread from a beast slaughtered this year.

Smoked bear meat. Picture: mokvo4.ru

Trichinosis has been confirmed in inhabitants of Kataiga village in Tomsk region.

One of them now in the hospital at Siberian State Medical University in Tomsk. 

Among the infected are residents of Tomsk and Barnaul. 

Trichinosis is infection caused by the roundworm Trichinella spiralis or Trichinella roundworm. 

Kataiga village

The village of Kataiga. Picture: Siberian Lang

Symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, muscle pain, and fever. 

People acquire the infection by eating raw or undercooked contaminated meat.

In total, watchdog Rospotrebnadzor detected 34 people, including four children, one only two, who consumed contaminated brown bear meat. 

The total number of people confirmed as having contracted trichinosis is 16.

Alexey Sidikhin

The head of Verkheketsk district, Alexey Sidikhin, said: 'The bear was killed in the summer, if not in the spring.' Picture: The Siberian Times

A dozen live in the village and the rest in Tomsk and Barnaul.

The head of Verkheketsk district, Alexey Sidikhin, said: 'The bear was killed in the summer, if not in the spring. 

'The hunters were from Novosibirsk, their exact number is unknown to us - they immediately left. 

'One of the residents of Kataiga also took part in the hunt, apparently as a guide. He is now in the hospital. 

Ivan Nasonov

Village chief Ivan Nasonov said: 'We have seized 57 kilograms of bear meat.' Picture: The Siberian Times

'We are now looking for the hunters on our own. They also need to be warned that there is a risk of serious illness.'

Some meat was smoked, some salted. The hunters gifted the meat to villagers. 

Village chief Ivan Nasonov said: 'We have seized 57 kilograms of bear meat.

'Some was sent analysis, some was destroyed.'

Trichinosis is a parasitic disease caused by roundworms of the Trichinella type. 

During initial infection, invasion of the intestines can result in diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. 

Bear

The number of brown bears has recently increased this year. Picture: Zeya Reserve

Migration of larvae to muscle, which occurs after a week after being infected, can cause swelling of the face, fever, muscle pains, and a rash. Minor infection may be without symptoms. 

Complications may include inflammation of the heart muscle, an attack on the central nervous system involvement, and inflammation of the lungs. 

Trichinosis can be fatal depending on the severity of the infection.

Death can occur four to six weeks after infection, usually caused by myocarditis, encephalitis, or pneumonia.

Comments (1)

treat bear meat like pork, no smoking, cook to 165F
looch, Beaver, PA, USA
29/10/2017 05:57
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