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Anisakiasis is parasitic disease caused by the accidental ingestion of larvae of the nematodes (roundworms) Anisakis simplex and Pseudoterranova decipiens. This occurs by eating raw or undercooked infected marine fish, squid or octopus. Within hours after ingestion, infected larvae penetrate the gastric and intestinal mucosa and symptoms of violent abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting may occur. Direct transmission from person to person does not occur. Treatment is surgical or endoscopic removal.
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