A tapeworm measuring more than two and a half metres has reportedly been found living inside a young child in Taipei who enjoys sashimi.
Online reports claim the eight-year-old had experienced symptoms after eating the dish consisting of raw fish at a restaurant.
It is believed the young child had the type of tapeworm, named diphyllobothrium latum, living inside her for more than a month.
A doctor from Taipei Tri-Service General Hospital told media oulets that the tapeworm was still alive when it was extracted.
According to a translated Apple Daily report the girl was treated with an antiparasitic drug "praziquantel" and is now recovering.
Paediatrician Wang Zhijian told the publication that this type of tapeworm, also known as fish or broad tapeworm, is the largest human tapeworm.
The discovery has prompted a warning from medical experts not to eat raw food.