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Soil-transmitted helminths (STH) infections are caused by various types (species) of parasitic worms that live in the soil in our surroundings or environment.
They are transmitted by ingesting worm eggs through contaminated food or hands, walking barefoot on solid contaminated with parasitic worm eggs, and inhalation of worm eggs (pinworms). Poor hygiene and sanitation also contribute to the transmission of worms.
Worm or parasitic infections have adverse effects among children, adolescents, and pregnant women. They interfere with the health, nutrition, and education of children, which results in the following:
a) Decreased physical/mental development;
b) Decreased physical activity;
c) Decreased performance in school; and
d) In severe cases, death.
Among adolescents, parasitic worm infection may cause the worsening of anemia, especially during one’s monthly menstrual period.
Among pregnant women, it can cause iron deficiency anemia and malnutrition of mothers and babies. Children with heavy infections are often too sick or too tired to concentrate at school or attend school at all.
Parasitic worm infection may be treated by administering deworming drugs, Albendazole, or Menbendazole.
Source: Department of Health
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