Parasites

Trichuriasia (also known as Whipworm Infection) By: Ayana B

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  • Whip-worms live in the large intestine and whip-worm eggs are passed in the feces of infected persons and animals
  • To reproduce the female adult whip-worms produce eggs which are passed through their thicker end into the intestines and subsequently are passed out in the stools of the dog or cat or person
  • The adult whip-worm is 2 to 3 inches (50 to 76 mm) long
  • Babies are 30 to 50 mm long
  • The host consist of dogs, and occasionally humans and cats
  • They are a type of roundworm-a nematode worm (a parasitic one found in the intestines)
  • To feed the attach themselves to the walls of the intestines, feeding on blood
  • One of the most common health issues found among dogs
  • Whip-worms are so named because of the fact that the adult worms have whip-like shape
  • Specifically adapted to the human large intestinal tract
  • Rarely whip-worm can be a problem in sheep during drought, sheep with heavy infections of whip-worm have diarrhoea with mucous and may die
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BayerPet: Canine Whipworm Life Cycle