• Worm infestation: Front Shop Module 3, 2023

    Most parasitic infestations are more common in tropical or subtropical areas and in rural or
    developing areas.
    Parasitic worms have plagued humans since before our earliest recorded history. Infestation is most
    frequent in children and women. In pregnant women, worm infestation produces anaemia and the
    risk of bearing children with low birth weight. Children who are infested suffer from stunting of
    growth and impaired mental development due to poor absorption of nutrients and anaemia. This
    occurs because the worms feed on the host’s tissues, especially blood, leading to the loss of iron and
    proteins.
    This module covers the more common parasitic worm infestations, the signs and symptoms of such
    infestations and their prevention and management.

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