Strongyloidiasis is a deadly worm infecting many Australians, yet hardly anybody has heard of it

Harriet Whiley, Kirstin Ross, Meruyert Beknazarova

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    Abstract

    We all know about parasites, like tapeworms that can get into our intestines if we eat infected undercooked meat. There are many types of parasitic worms, including flatworms and roundworms, and they can all make humans sick.

    But there’s one infection by a parasitic worm that, worldwide, makes more people ill than malaria, and yet hardly anybody has ever heard of it. It’s called strongyloidiasis, and estimates suggest up to 60% of Indigenous Australians in some communities carry the infection...
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages4
    Specialist publicationThe Conversation
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2017

    Keywords

    • Parasites
    • Parasitic worms
    • Indigenous Australians
    • Strongyloidiasis

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