Parasitic Diseases of the Digestive System

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Parasitic Diseases of the Digestive System Parasitic diseases of the digestive system usually involve worms, also known as  helminths.  In most  cases, the worms multiply in the system, and when the worm burden becomes high, the symptoms  of disease ensue. Poor sanitation contributes to the occurrence of parasitic (helminthic) infections.  Pinworm disease. Pinworm disease  is caused by the small round-worm  Enterobius  vermicularis.   Infections occur after ingestion of pinworm eggs. The eggs hatch, and adult females  lay their eggs near the body surface, particularly near the anus. Young children are usually those  infected. Several drugs are available for treating pinworm infection.  Roundworm disease Roundworm disease   is due to  Ascaris lumbricoides.   The infection begins 
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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