A breath-taking organism that nests in our lungs. The culprits, Paragonimus westermani and other species are insidious flukes that invade your lungs. Once these malevolent creatures are ingested through the consumption of raw or undercooked crustaceans, they embark on a treacherous journey, migrating through your body to reach the lungs. There, they embed themselves in the delicate lung tissue, feeding off your blood and tissues, causing severe inflammation and damage. The consequences of lung fluke infestation are agonizing, with symptoms ranging from chronic cough and chest pain to bloody sputum and respiratory distress. But the true terror of lung flukes lies in their ability to reproduce, as they lay numerous eggs within your lungs, which are then expelled through your cough, perpetuating the cycle of infection.
To make matters worse, lung fluke infestation is a haunting threat in many parts of the world, particularly in regions where the consumption of raw or undercooked crustaceans is common. The knowledge that these abhorrent flukes can infiltrate your body, taking root in your lungs and wreaking havoc, instills a deep sense of dread. The relentless assault of lung flukes, with their insatiable hunger for your blood and their perpetuation of the cycle of infection, serves as a chilling reminder of the fragility of our existence.