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Bear Kabobs Cause Brain Worm Outbreak at Family Reunion

Bear Kabobs Cause Brain Worm Outbreak at Family Reunion

By Mian HamidPublished 24 days ago 3 min read

The bear meat's deep hue misled the family into believing it was thoroughly cooked when they devoured bear meat kabobs alongside vegetables.

A familial gathering culminated in six individuals contracting trichinellosis — commonly referred to as “brain worms” — after consuming undercooked bear meat, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Kin from Arizona, Minnesota, and South Dakota convened in South Dakota for several days, the report indicated, and one family member brought bear meat, which had been previously frozen “to exterminate parasites.”

The meat was “thawed and grilled with vegetables” fashioned into kabobs, the report detailed, adding that it was “initially inadvertently served rare, ostensibly because the meat’s dark color made it challenging for the family members to visually determine its doneness.”

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When it was discovered that the meat was not done, it was "recooked before being served again."

Trichinellosis is defined by the National Library of Medicine as a “parasitic ailment caused by roundworms...” Larvae enter the circulation through the lymphatic system and eventually make their way to oxygen-dense tissues including the brain, heart, and skeletal muscles.

A 29-year-old guy who had eaten the dinner became unwell a week after it was served and ended up being hospitalized twice in 17 days. According to the CDC report, he had fever, acute myalgias (muscle aches and pains), periorbital fluid buildup (swelling around the eyes), and "other laboratory anomalies." During his second hospitalization, he disclosed consuming bear meat, prompting health officials to suspect trichinellosis and alert the Minnesota Department of Health.

Bear Kabobs Cause Brain Worm Outbreak at Family Reunion

A positive Trichinella immunoglobulin (Ig) G antibody test substantiated their suspicions, and analysis of the bear meat revealed the presence of Trichinella larvae.

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Six family members — aged 12 to 62 — fell ill from the meal, despite two of the afflicted individuals consuming solely the vegetables (without meat).

Two additional family members were hospitalized, but “all six symptomatic individuals recuperated,” the CDC notes.

In spite of the National Library of Medicine's claim that trichinellosis infections usually originate in pork, the CDC study emphasizes that "bear meat was the believed or verified source of virus in the majority of outbreaks" that have occurred in the US since 2016.

The CDC states that in order to treat trichinellosis, antiparasitic medicine must be used "promptly" in order "to destroy the mature worms and prevent any larval release."

However, the Mayo Clinic stresses that cooking food correctly is the best line of defense against the virus.

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The Mayo Clinic recommends "cooking pork and meat from animal sources to an internal temp of 160°F (71°C) at the center." To make sure the meat is cooked all the way through, use a meat thermometer.

The Quran - Chapter An-Najm : 11 - 12

The ˹Prophet’s˺ heart did not doubt what he saw.

How can you ˹O pagans˺ then dispute with him regarding what he saw?

مَا كَذَبَ الْفُؤَادُ مَا رَ‌أَىٰ (The heart did not err in what he saw....53:11) Fu'ad means heart, and the verse means whatever the eyes saw, the heart did not err in its grasping. This erring in the verse is described as kidhb [ lying ].

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In other words, the heart did not lie in connection with the perceived objects. It did not err or slip up.

In the phrase mara'a 'what he saw', the Qur'an does not specify what it saw. The blessed Companions ؓ and their followers, and the leading authorities on Tafsir hold two divergent views as was discussed in detail earlier:

[ 1] The phrase means it [ the Holy Prophet's ﷺ heart ] saw Allah (and this is the view of Ibn ` Abbas ؓ ; and

[ 2] others (like Sayyidah ` A'ishah, Ibn Masud, Abu Hurairah and Abu Dharr Ghifari ؓ express the view that the Holy Prophet ﷺ saw Jibra'il (علیہ السلام) in his original shape.

The Arabic verb ra'a originally means to see with physical eyes, and after having seen with physical eyes the heart grasps and comprehends.

Thus the Holy Prophet ﷺ first saw Jibra'il (علیہ السلام) with his physical eyes, and then grasped and comprehended him with his heart.

Therefore, there is no need to take the word ru'yah in the figurative or metaphorical sense of ru'yah qalbiyah [ to see with the heart ] as did Al-Qurtubi.

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