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Whipworm Disease

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Whipworm disease, or trichuriasis, is a parasitic disease of the large intestine. Worldwide, infections usually occur in tropical and subtropical areas and in areas with poor sanitation; they also occur in the southern United States.

An estimated 604-795 million people, most commonly children, are infected worldwide. Although the incidence of whipworm infection is high, most cases are not severe.

Understanding Whipworm Disease

Last Updated April 16, 2014

Last Reviewed April 16, 2014