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Hookworm infection

Hookworm infection is an infection by a type of intestinal parasite in the roundworm group. Initially there may be itching and a rash at the site of infection.

Two species of hookworms that commonly infect humans are Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus. Hookworm eggs occur in the stool of infected people. If these end up in the environment, they can hatch into immature worms, which can then penetrate the skin. One type can also be spread through contaminated food. Risk factors include walking barefoot in warm climates where sanitation is poor. Diagnosis is by examination of a stool sample with a microscope.

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Those teeth that you see can latch onto your small intestine and suck your blood. Hookworm infections can lead to anemia, so it's best to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Those eyes that you see, well, they cannot detect complex images. There have been studies that suggest that they detect light.

Contributed by Alex Chang

So one day, at my student dorm when I was just exiting the dining common, it was raining. I overheard a pair of friends talking to each others and one of them said, "OMG it's raining! I'm going to walk without my sandals" and he actually stepped out of his sandals and walked barefoot in the rain! I immediately thought of all the disease this person could had gotten as well as every single person who dares to walk barefoot. Walking barefoot exposes your feet to some of the common parasitic infections including hookworm. Hookworm (Ancylostoma duodenale) eggs are capable of drilling THROUGH your feet and wiggle through your body in attempt to find your small intestine. Scientists are not sure how they find their way through your body but as it tries to find your small intestine, the egg leaves behind a cavity (tunnel of it's path), which can cause complications depending on where it wiggled through. But that's not all it can do. Once it finds the small intestine, it transform into the adult version and begins sucking your blood! As your blood is being sucked, you can develop anemia. In fact, among the common parasitic worm infections, hookworm infection has one of the higher death rate. Therefore, please take care and don't walk barefoot. Don't give your precious blood to this nasty little critter.

Contributed by Alex Chang

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