Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health

Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health
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ISSN: 2329-891X

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Helminths

Soil-transmitted helminth infections are among the most common infections worldwide and affect the poorest and most deprived communities. They are transmitted by eggs present in human faeces which in turn contaminate soil in areas where sanitation is poor. The main species that infect people are the roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), the whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) and hookworms (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale).

Helminths also commonly known as parasitic worms, are large multicellular organisms, which when mature can generally be seen with the naked eye.

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