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What is the Human Whipworm?



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Asked by AllyRae, Last updated: Oct 24, 2020

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h.Miaham

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Answered Sep 29, 2017

Trichuris trichiura is known as the human whipworm. The human whipworm is a round worm (a type of helminth) that causes trichuriasis (a type of helminthiasis which is one of the neglected tropical diseases) when it infects a human large intestine. It is commonly known as the whipworm which refers to the shape of the worm; it looks like a whip with wider "handles" at the posterior end.

Trichuris trichiura has a narrow anterior esophageal end and shorter and thicker posterior anus. These pinkish-white worms are threaded through the mucosa. They attach to the host through their slender anterior end and feed on tissue secretions instead of blood. Females are larger than males; approximately 35–50 mm long compared to 30–45 mm.

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AllyRae11

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Answered Aug 28, 2017

Trichuris trichiura
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