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What is Ankylostomiasis?

Description of the disease

Ankylostomiasis is a helminthiasis caused by nematodes from the family Ancylostomatidae. These parasites inhabit the human small intestine, feeding on its blood.


  • Ancylostoma duodenale;
  • Ancylostoma west africanum;
  • Ancylostoma braziliense.


Symptoms of ankylostomiasis may include pallor, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and other manifestations of anemia.


An infection of ankylostomiasis occurs when the parasite larvae enter the body through the skin or through the oral route (swallowing).


Laboratory tests of feces for the presence of helminth eggs, as well as blood tests to determine anemia, are used for the diagnosis of ankylostomiasis.


Treatment of ankylostomiasis is carried out with anthelmintics under the supervision of a doctor. Symptomatic therapy is also conducted to alleviate manifestations of anemia and other symptoms.


To prevent ankylostomiasis, it is necessary to observe personal hygiene, avoid contact with contaminated soils, wear protective footwear when working in the yard, and take other precautions.


Ankylostomiasis treatment is carried out by a parasitologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.