Intestinal Capillariasis

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)

Animals Involved

Aquatic birds, people can be definitive hosts; freshwater fish are intermediate host

Known Distributions

Philippines, Thailand, also reported occasionally in other parts of Asia, Middle East, Cuba

Probable Means of Spreading

Ingestion of undercooked infected fish

Clinical Manifestations in People

Enteropathy with protein loss and malabsorption; diarrhea, abdominal pain; weight loss can be severe; death possible

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See Also:

Hepatic Capillariasis

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)

Pulmonary Capillariasis

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)