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An estimated 807-1,221 million people in the world are infected with Ascaris lumbricoides. Hookworm and whipworm are known as soil-transmitted helminths (parasitic worms). Together, they account for a major burden of disease worldwide. Ascaris lives in the intestine and Ascaris eggs are passed in the feces of infected persons. If the infected person defecates outside (near bushes, in a garden, or field) or if the feces of an infected person are used as fertilizer, eggs are deposited on soil. They can then mature into a form that is infective. Ascariasis is caused by ingesting eggs. This can happen when hands or fingers that have contaminated dirt on them are put in the mouth or by consuming vegetables or fruits that have not been carefully cooked, washed, or peeled. This image shows the size of the hookworm.
Liver fluke disease is a chronic parasitic inflammatory disease of the bile ducts. Infection occurs through the ingestion of fluke-infested, fresh-water raw fish. The most well-known species that cause human infection are Clonorchis sinensis, Opisthorchis viverrini, and Opisthorchis felineus. Approximately 35 million people are infected with liver flukes throughout the world and the exceptionally high incidence of gallbladder cancer in some endemic areas is closely related to a high prevalence of liver fluke infection. (17)
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Once you know what type of parasite infection you have, you can choose how to treat it. Some parasitic infections disappear on their own, especially if your immune system is healthy and you eat a balanced diet.
A parasite infection is most often diagnosed by a stool sample. Your doctor may have to test your stool more than once before you test positive for parasites.
You Probably Have a Parasite—Here’s What to Do About It.
Exposure to Parasites.