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Strongyloidiasis (thread worms)

These worms affect only humans and lodge in the small intestine.

They produce eggs, which pass into stool and then soil.

Larva will infect people similar to hook worms as they will penetrate skin and then migrate from the lungs to the intestine.

It takes years for the worm to mature.

Sometimes there is a rash at the skin entry and a wandering rash as they migrate in the skin.

They also cause cough, wheezing, and abdominal complaints.

They are diagnosed as stool analysis and treated with anti-worm medications.

Strongyloidiasis links


Student BMJ http://www.studentbmj.com/back_issues/0803/education/280.html

cdc http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/HTML/Strongyloidiasis.htm

McGill University http://martin.parasitology.mcgill.ca/JIMSPAGE/stongylioides.htm

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine http://www.ajtmh.org/cgi/collection/strongyloidiasis