Soil-Transmitted Helminths

  • Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) also known as parasitic worm is a type of helminth infection (helminthiasis) caused by different species of roundworms.
  • They are among the most common worms infections worldwide caused specifically by those worms which are transmitted through soil contaminated with faecal matter.
  • These worms interfere with nutrient uptake in small children causing parasitic infestation.
  • They live in human intestines and consume nutrients meant for the human body.
  • The parasitic infestation or diseases lead to severe complications among the children resulting in anaemia, malnutrition and improper mental and physical development.

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