What is Helminths?
Pathogen that causes Schistosoma and Trichinella Spiralis
A worm classified as a parasite. (A parasite is a disease-causing organism that lives on or in a human or another animal and derives its nourishment from its host.) Lice are examples of parasites that live on humans; bacteria and viruses are examples of parasites that live either on humans or in humans; helminths are examples of parasites that live inhumans.
Helminth eggs contaminate food, water, air, feces, pets and wild animals, and objects such as toilet seats and door handles. The eggs enter the body of a human through the mouth, the nose and the anus. Once inside the body, helminth eggs usually lodge in the intestine, hatch, grow and multiply. They can sometimes infest other body sites.
Helminths causes Schistoma which is also known as swimmers itch.
This disease causes trichinosis which can cause paralysis. It comes from under cooked pork.
Treating Helminth caused Diseases
WHO recommends preventive doses of anthelminthic medication, treatment, and mass treatment depending on the prevalence of helminths. Click here for the drug doses for helminth prevention and treatment.