Hookworm in Africa

shanya unseld

10 fun facts!

1.)Hookworm causes blood loss.

2.)symptoms of having hookworm include mild abdominal pain,nausea, vomiting, and anorexia.

3.)Hookworm infection is the leading cause of anemia.

4.) Hookworm is clinically diagnosed.

5.)Hookworm is soil-transmitted.

6.)An estimated 576-740 million people in the world are infected with hookworm

7.)Hookworms live in small intestine.

8.)Hookworm eggs are passed in the feces of an infected person.

9.)Hookworm eggs are called larvae.

10.) The larvae can mature into a form that can penetrate human skin.

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Hookworm is prevalent in sub-Saharan africa .
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world. More than 218 million people live in extreme poverty. The incidence of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa is growing faster than it's population.
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Sub-Saharan Africa is typically rural area they depend on agriculture for food and livestock yet the development of agriculture is decreasing.
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Because sub-Saharan Africa is very poor and most people farm, they can't afford good soil so they get infected with hookworm. They also can't afford the medicine they need to get better. Mostly women who are pregnant are infected with hookworm because women can't have the proper healthcare needed.
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Is There a Cure?

Hookworm infections are normally treated for 1-3 days with medication prescribed by your health care provider.
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Prevent Hookworm

Anthelminthic medications such as albendazole and mebendazole are usually choices used to prevent the disease.
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Impact on Africa

Hookworm infection in pregnancy can cause retarted growth of the fetus, premature birth and a low birth weight. Hookworms in children can cause intellectual, cognitive and growth problems.
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Minor or Major Disease

Hookworm is a major disease in sub-Saharan Africa because it is very common. It's very common for pregnant women to be infected with hookworm which isn't good because it causes problems in the pregnancy and and if the babies are being born with it then more people will have the disease.
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How to Prevent Hookworm

Hookworm infection control is achieved through the sanitary disposal of feces and educational campaigns about the proper use of latrines. The most effective way to control hookworm infection has been through population-wide treatment with either albendazole or mebendazole.
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