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Myxospoidia (a cause of so-called jelly meat)

Characteristics of Myxosporidia

Color White
Size

Sizes from a rice grain to an azuki bean (small red bean)

Parasitize targets

Scattering in muscle.

Characteristics

Part of fish muscle sometimes becomes a jellied meat state.

Impacts on human

Kudoa septempunctata causes food poisoning but the other Myxospoidia produce no impact on human.
As a result of future researches, however, many more Myxospoidia of the Kudoa species that cause food poisoning cases may be found.

Major seafood hosts

Tuna, marlin, righteye flounder

 

Figure: Cysts of Myxosporidia parasitizing muscle of big-eyed tuna (Cyst: A bag containing spores)

Figure: Cysts of Myxosporidia parasitizing muscle of big-eyed tuna (Cyst: A bag containing spores)

 

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