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Ascariasis, or roundworm infection of the intestines, is common throughout the world in both temperate and tropical areas where sanitation and hygiene are poor. In those areas, everyone may be harboring the parasite that causes the infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ascariasis is estimated to affect between 807-1,221 million people in the world. It is most common in children between 3 and 8 years old.


Last Updated April 15, 2014