Pictures of human worm parasites are definitely not very appetizing. But nearly 90 to 95 percent of adult Americans will suffer from parasitic worm infections at least once in their life. There are over 100 varieties of worm parasites that can live in the human body. Some of them can be microscopic in size; while others are visible to the naked eye.
Human worm parasites can cause a whole lot of problems, including constipation, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, skin ailments, depressed immune system, asthma, digestive system problems and nervousness.
The most ways of transmission of human worm parasites is through consumption of contaminated food and water. However, you can also get infected through insect bites like that of a mosquito or through close skin contact as is the case with certain nematodes.
Human parasites can be divided into 4 categories, namely protozoa, trematoda, cestoda and nematoda. Protozoa are single cell parasites and therefore, are not classified as worms, which are multicellular organisms.
Nematodes include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, pinworms and heartworms. These are common human worm parasites found all over the world and can wreak havoc in the body. Cestodes refer to tapeworms, bladder worms, dwarf tapeworms and broad fish tapeworms. In fact, broad fish tapeworms can grow to a whopping size of 35 feet and can live in a human for nearly 10 years. Trematodes refer to flukes and include flatworms, bladder flukes, blood flukes, liver flukes, lung flukes, kidney flukes and intestinal flukes. It is estimated that around 250 million people around the world have fluke infections.
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