By, James Vermillion


The Full scientific name for the Whipworm is Trichuris trichiura.

The whipworm

About the Worm!

Some of the symptoms can include an Iron-deficiency, fecal incontinency, bloody diarrhea, and a rectal prolapse. One way to help remove this worm is by taking mebendazole by mouth for three days. One way that society can help to eliminate this problem is by improving facilities for feces disposal. Just by washing your own hands as well before handling food can help.

"Whipworm Infection." Nytimes.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2015.


Life cycle

  • Eggs are un-embryonated when passed in feces and are highly resistant to desiccation, extremes in temperature, and ultraviolet radiation. Eggs embryonate in 9 to 21 days (or longer) depending on the temperature and moisture content of the soil. Infective whipworm eggs can remain viable for many years.
  • Hosts are infected by ingesting embryonated eggs from the soil or other substrates in which eggs are found.
  • Larvae hatch from eggs (generally in the small intestine) and penetrate the mucosa. They develop for 2 to 10 days in the mucosa, move to the cecum (occasionally the terminal small intestine or colon), and mature to adult worms.

"Whipworms." Capcvet. CAPA, Mar. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.