Horsehair Nematomorpha Human Diagnosis

horsehair nematomorpha human diagnosis

Since we are talking about Horsehair Nematomorpha Human Diagnosis we must know if or when this infection can happen to humans and as we all already know how dangerous nematomorpha which is commonly known as a horsehair worm can be for its hosts.

Whats a Horsehair Worm

Horsehair worms, also known as Gordian worms, are a type of roundworm that can grow up to 1.5 meters in length. Horsehair worms are not native to North America but have been found in some parts of the United States and Canada.

One way to avoid horsehair worms is by keeping your home clean and tidy so there is no food for them to eat. If you see any droppings from bugs or rodents, it’s best to get rid of them immediately. Another way is by wearing gloves when you’re outside so you don’t come into contact with any horsehair worm eggs on the ground.

Although they do and can infect human host but mainly horsehair nematomorpha are harmless to vertebrates (69,963 species) and since humans are vertebrate a horsehair nematomorpha worm can cause mush damage even after the infection happens.

Fact: Horsehair worms can only paralyze insects (Invertebrates) with a long lifespan.

Some of the Species a Horsehair Worm cant Paralyze are:

Humans

Livestock

Birds

Common Pets

Read more about the horsehair worm Here.

In most human infection cases only a mild abdominal discomfort occurs and the horsehair worm infection never fully happens.

However! there is a detailed study done on two human cases infected by horsehair nematomorpha worm. For more details regarding this Click Here.

Now lets talk about horsehair nematomorpha human diagnosis if the parasite manages to enter a human body. Well as we’ve already stated the horsehair worm infection doesn’t occur.  

Human horsehair nematomorpha symptoms are only a small stomach discomfort and after that the body’s immune system will easily take care of the intruder itself.

How to Avoid Horsehair Worms and Keep Them Out of Your Home

One way to avoid horsehair worms is by keeping your home clean and tidy so there is no food for them to eat. If you see any droppings from bugs or rodents, it’s best to get rid of them immediately. Another way is by wearing gloves when you’re outside so you don’t come into contact with any horsehair worm eggs on the ground.

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