By Jean Dupouy-Camet,
President of the International Commission on Trichinellosis,
French National Reference Centre for Trichinella,
Hôpital Cochin, René Descartes University, Paris, France
Trichinellosis is a zoonotic disease caused by the ingestion of raw meat containing larvae of the nematode Trichinella. Human trichinellosis causes high fever, facial oedema, myositis and eosinophilia. It can be a serious disease, particularly in elderly patients in whom neurological or cardiovascular complications can lead to death.