Whipworm disease

Whipworm disease - Whipworm disease. Whipworm disease is...

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Unformatted text preview: Whipworm disease. Whipworm disease is caused by the round-worm Trichuris trichiura , called the whipworm because its body resembles a whip. Eggs are ingested in food and water, and they hatch in the digestive tract to become adults. The adults lay their eggs, which are passed in the feces. Heavy worm burdens in the intestine cause irritation, inflammation, and other symptoms of obstruction. Trichinosis. Trichinosis is due to the roundworm Trichinella spiralis. This parasite infects the muscle tissues of pigs and is usually passed to humans by improperly cooked pork products. The worms enter the human bloodstream from the intestine and form cysts in the muscles. Heavy worm burdens in the rib muscles cause severe pain. The worms also migrate to the heart muscle, diaphragm, and lungs. Proper cooking of pork products is paramount in preventing infection. diaphragm, and lungs....
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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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