Trichinosis is a parasitic roundworm disease. Human cases of trichinosis have been associated with eating raw or undercooked meat, especially homemade sausage that contains pork or horse meat, as well as eating walrus or bear meat. Fewer people get trichinosis today because of legislation prohibiting the feeding of raw-meat garbage to hogs, commercial and home freezing of pork, and the public awareness of the danger of eating raw or undercooked pork products. Although trichinosis is very uncommon in the United States, it is found occasionally in rural areas.
Last Updated June 21, 2013