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a genus of roundworms. E. vermicula′ris is the seatworm or pinworm, a small white spindle-shaped worm about 1 cm long, parasitic in the upper part of the large intestine, and occasionally in the female genitals and bladder. Infection is frequent in children, sometimes causing itching.
Life cycle of Enterobius vermicularis. From Mahon and Mansuelis, 2000.
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A genus of nematode worms, formerly included with the genus Oxyuris, which includes the pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis) of humans and other primates.
[entero- + G. bios, life]
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A genus of nematode worms that includes the pinworms (E. vermicularis).
[entero- + G. bios, life]
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Q. Is it possible to have pin worm on directly on the skin of your fore arms? I've had this condition for more than a year. The only thing that makes a difference is something to kill parasites. Nothing works efficiently. I itch all over beside having big sores on my arms and back. I've hade blood test that show that there are no parasites in the blood. So now what do I do? I am constantly digging this out of my skin, and the buggars jump.

A. I'm seeing a dermatologist. They said it wasn't scabies. That's what I thought it was at first. I keep breaking out in new places. The Dr. say's it's dermititous, but I'm seeing something different. Went I first broke out with this I felt crawly in the area I now have the sores.

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The most frequently detected parasites were Enterobius vermicularis (12.15% of all the examined), Ascaris lumbricoides (0.83%) and Trichuris trichiura (0.12%).
Other parasites found and rates of infection were: Endolimax nana (9.5), Dientamoeba fragilis (0.7), Chilomastix mesnili (1.8), Trichuris trichiura (0.3), Ascaris lumbricoides (0.3), and Enterobius vermicularis (0.3).
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Pathogens identified were Ascaris lumbricoides (10/31 (32.3%)), Giardia lamblia (18/31 (54.8%)), Blastocystis hominis (1/31 (3.2%)), Enterobius vermicularis (2/31 (6.5%)), Trichuris trichiura (1/31 (3.2%)), Entamoeba coli (8/31 (25.8%)) and Schistosoma haematobium (3/31 (9.4%)).
Foi avaliada a presenca dos parasitos Entamoeba histolytica/dispar, Entamoeba coli, lodamoeba butschlii, Endolimax nana, Giardia duodenalis, Taenia sp., Hymenolepis nana, Schistosoma mansoni, Ascaris lumbricoides, ancilostomideos, Strongyloides stercoralis, Trichuris trichiura e Enterobius vermicularis.
The most well-known and accepted parasitic infections in the US are pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis), Trichomonas vaginalis, Toxoplasma gondii, Giardia intestinalis (lamblia), and Cryptosporidium spp.
In SA, the most common NTDs include infection with the soil-transmitted helminths--Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, Necator americanus, Enterobius vermicularis--and the less prevalent but common Strongyloides and Taenia spp.