Worms

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  1. More than one billion people are infested with round worms worldwide.
  2. The prevalence is higher in India.
  3. Adult worms live in the lumen of small intestine.
  4. The female worm produces fertilized eggs much faster in the stool.
  5. The eggs prefer warm, shady, moist conditions where they can survive for five years.
  6. Within days following consumption of contaminated food or water, the eggs hatch in the small intestine and release larvae every minute in the next 10 days.
  7. Most worms are asymptomatic.
  8. During migration in the lung, a patient may have asthma–like attack.
  9. High burden of worms in the intestine can cause nutritional deficiency.
  10. Heavy infection can also cause nutritional obstruction.
  11. Eggs do not appear in the stool for at least 40 days after infection.
  12. Treatment is deworming tablets.
  13. Deworming is not good when a lung infection is suspected.
  14. Deworming tablet can be given in a single dose.
  15. Mass treatment with a single dose of deworming tablet every 2–3 months for school children is recommended.