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Worm in tequila

Parashite-ologist you at somehost.somedomain
Mon Jun 12 13:27:40 EST 1995

In article <3rgu1b$441 at mserv1.dl.ac.uk>, D.Gibson at nhm.ac.uk says...
>Does anyone know what type of insect larvae is traditionally placed into 
>bottles of tequila? Could these larvae act as paratenic hosts for 
>helminths (particularly Ascaris)?  Can Ascaris eggs remain viable in 
>alcohol for any length of time?
>Brent Dixon
>If any one knows the generic name of the 'agave' worm, which inhabits 
>bottles of mescal, I could check whether we have any records of 
>which have been recorded from it; though, in view of its origin in a 
>I think that this is doubtful.
I don't know what sort of worm is in tequila, but ascaris eggs could most 
certainly survive in alcohol whithout too much trouble.
Janet Spicer
gbzv71 at udcf.gla,ac,uk

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