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Worms - worm infections of children in Australia

worms; pinworm; threadworm; ;

Most families with young children have had to deal with worms from time to time. Although parents are often embarrassed if their children have worms, they are very common and usually not difficult to treat.

Worldwide there are many worms that can affect humans, but in most parts of Australia only the threadworm, (Enterobius vermicularis) is common. Adults as well as children can get threadworms. Threadworms are sometimes called pinworms.

More information

Department of Health, South Australia 

Raising Children Network, Australia 

Better Health Channel, Victoria 

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