PIN WORM

Facts and information about this interesting parasite

Where does this parasite live?

You may not realize it, but some of your classmates could of had this common parasite. So, what exactly is it? Pinworm is the most common worm infection in the United States. School-age children, followed by preschoolers, have the highest rates of infection. Cases of pinworm infection are seen most often at schools, daycare centers and other institutional settings.
They're the most common parasite to affect North American children. Pinworms are very common. It can be found anywhere. But, there are a lot of cases where pinworms were found in children in the U.S, Canada and Europe. There are 500 million cases a year!

How does pinworms reproduce?

Female pinworms travel to your anus to lay eggs, which are released from your body in the stool and have the potential to infect other people.



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What are the hosts of choice?

Pinworm infection occurs most often in school-age children, and the microscopic eggs are easily spread from child to child.

Are there Special Adaptations to deal with its Host?

No, they do not. The pinworms only idea is to reproduce. Sometimes pinworms lay eggs inside the colon. If the eggs are not taken out in the feces the larvae might have enough time to hatch. This can only happen in the large intestine or rectum and only if enough oxygen is present.

How big are pinworms?

The adult female is from one-third to one-half an inch long and about one-sixth of an inch wide. The adult male is from one-sixth to one-fifth an inch long.
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