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Microbes Infect. 2011 Jul;13(7):632-7. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2010.09.012. Epub 2010 Oct 8.

Ascaris and ascariasis.

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Department of Zoology, School of Natural Science, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. cdold@tcd.ie

Abstract

Ascaris lumbricoides and Ascaris suum are widespread parasitic nematodes of humans and pigs respectively. Recent prevalence data suggests that approximately 1.2 billion people are infected. Adult worms exhibit an overdispersed frequency distribution in their hosts and individuals harbouring heavy burdens display associated morbidity. In this review, we describe the parasite, its distribution and measures undertaken to control infection.

PMID:
20934531
DOI:
10.1016/j.micinf.2010.09.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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