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ICD-10 code: B75

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

What is Trichinellosis?

Trichinellosis, also known as trichinosis, is a rare but serious parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, particularly pork and wild game that is infected with the larvae of the Trichinella worm. The disease is most commonly found in developing countries with poor sanitation practices, but it can also occur in developed countries where meat inspection and food safety regulations are not strictly enforced.

Symptoms of Trichinellosis

The symptoms of trichinellosis can vary widely, depending on the number of larvae ingested and the severity of the infection. The most common symptoms include:

  1. Nausea and vomiting
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Abdominal pain
  4. Fever
  5. Muscle pain and tenderness
  6. Swelling around the eyes
  7. Headache and fatigue

In severe cases, trichinellosis can lead to more serious complications, such as heart and respiratory problems, meningitis, and even death. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have been infected with Trichinella larvae.

Preventing Trichinellosis

The best way to prevent trichinellosis is to cook all meat thoroughly, especially pork and wild game. The recommended cooking temperature for pork is 145°F (63°C), and the meat should be allowed to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. Wild game should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160°F (71°C).

Additionally, it is important to follow good food safety practices, such as washing hands and utensils thoroughly before and after handling raw meat, and avoiding cross-contamination by keeping raw and cooked meats separate.


Trichinellosis is a serious disease that can be easily prevented by taking simple precautions when handling and cooking meat. By following good food safety practices and cooking meat to the recommended temperatures, you can greatly reduce your risk of infection and protect your health.

Diagnosis Codes for Trichinellosis | B75