Hookworm: a neglected resurgent infection

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by | Oct 24, 2017 | Pain Management | 0 comments

Hookworms are a group of soil transmitted helminths included in the World Health Organization’s portfolio of neglected tropical diseases. Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus infect humans. In addition, the primarily canine hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum, is now recognised as an important cause of zoonotic disease, particularly in South East Asia.

Hookworm infection is a precipitating factor for iron deficiency anaemia as a result of blood loss proportional to the number of adult worms...