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helminths (hel´minths),

n.pl the parasitic worms that cause disease and illness in humans such as tapeworm, pinworm, and trichinosis. They are usually transmitted via contaminated food, water, soil, or other objects. Adult worms live in the intestines and other organs. Minor infections may be asymptomatic, whereas stronger cases may cause dietary deficiencies or digestive, muscular, and nervous disorders.
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Under conditions of poverty, overcrowding and limited access to water and sanitation, children and adults are commonly infested by helminths, as shown in Limpopo [4] and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, [5,6] and in Cape Town.
Distribution records for helminths of the red fox Vulpes vulpes from New Mexico.
In order to assess the distribution and prevalence of nonzoonotic soil-transmitted helminths in Yenagoa, 480 soil samples were collected from five communities: Ovom, Onopa, Kpansia, Biogbolo, and Agudama-Epie.
Fleming is lead investigator on a small clinical trial (with 10 to 20 people with relapsing- remitting MS) that is underway at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to test whether oral ingestion of helminth eggs can improve disease.
1995) Helminths of the opossum, Didelphis virginiana, in southern Illinois, with a compilation of all helminths reported from this host in North America.
Soil-transmitted helminths and haemoglobin status among Afghan children in World Food Programme assisted schools.
Moreover, exposure to untreated water is associated with low odds of being infected with helminths (Table 4).
The differences in the prevalence of GI helminths in the present study might be due to seasonal difference and variation in agro-ecology of the study area.
This variation in EPG values may be attributed to variability in the acquisition of helminths by sheep from respective localities (Fakae, 1990).
Key words: Gastrointestinal Helminths, Coprological examination, Bovine, Nematodes, Cestodes and Trematodes.
Passerine birds seized and kept in captivity in the visited cities presented parasitism by intestinal helminths and protozoan, with a predominance of infection with coccidia of the gender Isospora.
Parasites are considered an important source of information concerning the stability of ecosystems (Marcogliese 2005), and numerous publications propose the role of parasites, particularly helminths, as biological tags of environmental impacts (Sures 2001, Jankovska et al.