Advertisement

2. Parasite Origin

The parasite that causes swimmer's itch normally live in aquatic mammals such as beavers, or birds like ducks and geese. When the animal excretes feces into a lake or pond, the parasite's eggs disperse as well and eventually hatch. The young larvae, called miracidia, seek out their intermediate host — a type of aquatic snail — where they reside until maturity.

parasite worm miracidia aquatic animals altmodern / Getty Images
Advertisement

More on Facty Health

Disclaimer

This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.