Ascaris

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Ascaris lumbricoides will cause a disease in human called Ascariasis. The Ascaris is a worm that lives in the intestine, and their eggs are transferred in the feces in infected humans. The fertilizers, that contain the feces on infected person, will be infective. Ingesting eggs can cause the Ascariasis in humans. “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.” (https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/ascariasis/)

In infected human body, the worms are living in the upper part of the small intestine, and there are no reservoirs for the parasite. It is more common for Children to be infected with Ascaris and they will have higher quantities of worms.

Typically, there are not specific symptoms for Ascaris often. The few symptoms may include abdominal discomfort and cough due to body’s reaction to worms. The sever infection can result in intestinal blockage.

To diagnose the Ascaris, the stool microscopic sampling is required. However, to detect the light infection, a concentration procedure is always being used.

In order to prevent the Ascaris and eliminate the spread of the disease, the sanitation shall be improved and public education shall be established. But, once a person got infected drug treatment is necessary. But, currently, there is no vaccines is available to prevent the spread of this dangerous disease.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/ascariasis/

http://web.stanford.edu/group/parasites/ParaSites2002/ascariasis/

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