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Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Trichuriasis is common worldwide (in particular among countries with warm, humid climates) and primarily affects children, who may become infected if they ingest soil contaminated with whipworm eggs. The ingested eggs hatch, and the whipworm embeds in the wall of the large intestine (cecum, colon, rectum).
Signs and tests
A stool ova and parasites exam reveals the presence of typical whipworm eggs.
Oral treatment with mebendazole for 3 days is commonly used in symptomatic infections. Another anti-parasitic agent (albendazole) can be used as an alternative therapy.
Full recovery is expected with treatment.
In severe cases, dehydration and anemia from bloody diarrhea can occur. Rarely, rectal prolapse can also occur.
Improved facilities for feces disposal have decreased the incidence of whipworm. Handwashing before food handling, and avoiding ingestion of soil by thorough washing of food that may have been contaminated with egg-containing soil are other preventive measures.
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