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Hookworm Disease

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If the number of hookworm eggs in your intestines is large enough—more than 2,000 eggs per gram of stool—your healthcare provider will assume that the infection may cause anemia and start treating you.

Once you have been diagnosed with hookworm disease, your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine, such as mebendazole or albendazole. You might also be given an iron supplement with this treatment.

Last Updated September 13, 2007

Last Reviewed May 12, 2011