Hymenolepiasis

Parasitic Diseases, Cestodes (Tapeworms)

Animals Involved

People, nonhuman primates, rodents are definitive hosts; insects, including fleas, flour beetles, cereal beetles are intermediate hosts

Known Distributions

Worldwide

Probable Means of Spreading

Accidental ingestion of tapeworm eggs or infected insects; autoinfection possible

Clinical Manifestations in People

Mainly in children; mild abdominal distress, decreased appetite, irritability are most common; weight loss, flatulence, diarrhea possible

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