Level 3

Last August, a man in California rushed to the emergency room after a large tapeworm made it’s way out of him after severe stomach pangs.

The man adores sushi and eats it almost daily. One day he had a terrible stomachache and when he went to the toilet, he found a 5 foot 6 inch (168 centimetre) tapeworm. It wiggled out of him. He originally thought it was part of his intestine but when it started to squirm, he realised it was a worm. He was strangely relieved when he saw it was a worm because he thought he was dying.

The man hurried to the hospital and took the tapeworm with him in a bag. It died in transit but when he arrived, he revealed it to the doctor. The doctor laid it out on the floor of a hospital room and measured it. Then, he gave the man a deworming pill that was the same kind used for pets.

“He said he’d felt like something was moving around in his guts and he thought it was just gas,” said the doctor about the man. The man had been uncomfortable for months. He said he would eat raw fish everyday and especially liked salmon sashimi.

In January 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people about Alaskan salmon from the Pacific Ocean. This fish is popular in the U.S. There was a larger risk of tapeworms in this fish. They said to prevent this, the fish should be cooked or flash frozen before eating. Both of those kill parasites and make fish safe to eat.

Difficult words

Tapeworm: A parasite that lives inside the body.

Severe: Very great, intense

Pang: A sharp pain

Wiggle: To move the body up and down

Intestine: The part of digestion after the stomach.

Squirm: To twist the body.

Relieve: To make better or not as bad

Transit: To be move from one place to another

Revealed: To show

Measure: Find out the size of something

Deworming: To take away worms

Pill: A round shaped medicine

Guts: The inside of the body

Uncomfortable: To not feel relaxed

Warned: Tell someone of danger

Risk: A situation involving danger

Parasite: A living thing that lives off another living thing.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Pang A. Move the body
2. Reveal B. Organs
3. Tapeworm C. Pain
4. Transit D. Medicine
5. Severe  E. Parasite
6 . Pill F. Intense
7. Wiggle G. Uneasy
8. Uncomfortable H. Travel
9. Guts I.  Show

True or False?

1.   The man loathed sushi. T / F

2.  The man ate sushi on consecutive days of the week. T / F

3.  The man did not feel any movement inside him. T / F

4.  Alaskan tuna is popular in the U.S.  T / F

5. It is impossible to kill parasites in fish.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. adores / The / almost / man / sushi / daily / eats / it / and

2. hospital / took / The / man / in / hurried / with / bag / to / the / and / the / him / a / tapeworm

3. a / that / man / Then, / he / the / deworming / was / gave / kind / used / the / for / pets / pill / same

4. risk / in / There / a / larger / of / this / fish / was / tapeworms

5. would / said / He / he / sashimi / eat / raw / especially / and / salmon / fish / everyday / liked

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English: 

Wiggled Squirm Almost
Parasites Transit Rushed
Warned Strangely Severe

Last August, a man in California ______________ to the emergency room after a large tapeworm made it’s way out of him after __________ stomach pangs.

The man adores sushi and eats it __________ daily. One day he had a terrible stomachache and when he went to the toilet, he found a 5 foot 6 inch (168 centimetre) tapeworm. It ___________ out of him. He originally thought it was part of his intestine but when it started to __________ he realised it was a worm. He was _____________ relieved when he saw it was a worm because he thought he was dying.

The man hurried to the hospital and took the tapeworm with him in a bag. It died in __________ but when he arrived, he revealed it to the doctor. The doctor laid it out on the floor of a hospital room and measured it. Then, he gave the man a deworming pill that was the same kind used for pets.

“He said he’d felt like something was moving around in his guts and he thought it was just gas,” said the doctor about the man. The man had been uncomfortable for months. He said he would eat raw fish every day and especially liked salmon sashimi.

In January 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention _________ people about Alaskan salmon from the Pacific Ocean. This fish is popular in the US. There was a larger risk of tapeworms in this fish. They said to prevent this, the fish should be cooked or frozen before eating. Both of those kill ___________ and make fish safe to eat.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Do you like sushi?
4. Is sushi popular in your country?
5. What do you think about eating raw food?
6. Do you have a favourite type of fish? If not, how about meat?
7. Do people often eat seafood in your country?
8. What is the most popular meat in your country?
9. Have you ever had food poisoning?
10. Is there any food that you don’t trust?
11. Is there any food that you know is bad but you still eat it?
12. Have you ever been fishing or hunting?
13. Do you think it’s okay to eat sashimi everyday?
14. What do you know about parasites?
15. Have you ever had to go to the hospital for a serious problem?
16. Are there any dangerous foods in your country?
17. Are there strict food laws in your country?
18. Have you ever been to Japan?
19. Do you think it’s safer to eat raw fish there?
20. Do you know about popular raw foods in other countries?