Tropical Parasitology

: 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130--131

Sparganum in frog meat: A warning for the occurrence of human sparganosis

R Heru Prasetyo1, Erma Safitri2,  
1 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
2 Department of Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia

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R Heru Prasetyo
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Jl. Prof. Dr. Mustopo 47, Surabaya 60131

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Prasetyo R H, Safitri E. Sparganum in frog meat: A warning for the occurrence of human sparganosis.Trop Parasitol 2019;9:130-131

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In a good number of regions, human sparganosis has become a major local public health inconsistency associated with the consumption of dietary raw frog meat. It has been sporadically reported across the globe, with predominantly higher occurrence in China, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan.[1] Sparganosis is a parasitic zoonosis brought about by infection with sparganum, a larvae of Diphyllobothrium mansoni, and belonging to the genus Spirometra.[2],[3]D. mansoni, also known as Spirometra erinacei, is a tapeworm (host) usually found in dogs and cats. Its life cycle comprises of two intermediate host, with freshwater copepods being the first, whereas reptiles, amphibians, and some mammals being the second intermediate host.[4] In frog, it is acquired by ingesting copepods infected with procercoids into its larvae. The procercoid larva pierces the gut wall, moves to the muscle or migrates with the subcutaneous tissue, and grows into the sparganum larvae. Most sparganum are located in the muscles of hind legs, abdominal wall, fore legs, and back of frogs.[4] Sparganum can easily infect humans through ingestion of raw or not properly processed meat of frogs infected with sparganum.[4],[5],[6],[7]

In this research, we report a case of sparganosis in frog meat purchased from a local market in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Six of these pieces of meat were examined, with one illustrating irregularity and the presence of edematous hyperemia in its right hind leg, which indicates the possibility of a parasitic organism [Figure 1]a. We carried out surgery on the mass and discovered a wrinkled, whitish, ribbon-shaped, unsegmented organism of 2 mm width and 5 cm long which was confirmed as sparganum [Figure 1]b, [Figure 1]C, [Figure 1]d. Although human sparganosis has never been reported in Surabaya, Indonesia, its discovery in traded frog meat should be a warning for possible occurrence in humans. Therefore, it is imperative to create adequate awareness for the public to eat safe and properly processed foods.{Figure 1}


The authors are grateful to the frog meat seller for permitting us to publish this case.

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