Trichuriasis (Whipworm)

Trichuriasis (Whipworm) are worm infection of the large intestines. Infection occurs by injesting the eggs of the worm, found in soil. Trichuriasis can be transferred by placing dirty hands in mouth, uncooked vegetables, and improperly washed fruits. Symtoms include frequent, painful passage of stool that contains a mixture of mucus, water, and blood. The rectum can experience sinking and falling out of normal position or prolapse. In children, anemia, stunted growth, and learning impairement can occur.

Prevention:
  • Hand washing
  • Cooking vegetable thoroughly
  • Properly washing fruits
  • Avoid ingesting soil that may be contaminated with human feces, including where human fecal matter ("night soil") or wastewater is used to fertilize crops.

Cure:
  • albendazole and mebendazole-Anthelminthic medications (drugs that rid the body of parasitic worms)
  • Iron supplements


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