Roundworm is a parasitic infection that is contagious and requires immediate treatment. The parasite mostly lives in the gastrointestinal tract and is at first unnoticeable, but as the infection continues, symptoms cause discomfort and potentially more serious issues. Roundworms are easily treated by a medical professional. Roundworm can spread due to several factors including poor hygiene and sanitation in a localized area.
Roundworm infections mostly occur in tropical and subtropical climates and where sanitation and hygiene practices are inadequate. According to the Mayo Clinic, children under the age of 10 are more susceptible to infection because they are more exposed to dirt during outdoor play. Parasitic contagion occurs when an individual ingests the eggs in fruit or when one comes into physical contact with infested dirt or stool. There are a variety of roundworms, each with unique symptoms and treatments.
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