Helminth Parasites

Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm) About 73% of all infections by this worm are estimated to occur in Asia with many countries having prevalence rates greater than 50%. In some rural areas over 90%

Table 2 Parasite interference with host nutrition

Parasite

Symptom

Nutritional effect

Ascaris lumbricoides

Anorexia and abdominal pain

Growth retardation, weight loss

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