Parasitic diseases are common in the eastern Kentucky Appalachian region. This is one of the topics of a report in June 2008 PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Neglected_diseases_of_poverty_PLoS

The diseases mentioned, Strongyloidiasis and Ascariasis, are parasitic nematode infections!

Strongyloides stercoralis
Strongyloides stercoralis
Ascaris lumbricoides
Ascaris lumbricoides
 
Here is a diagram of the Strongyloides lifecycle from the CDC:

Strongyloides LifeCycle

And the Ascaris lifecycle. The Ascaris worms are huge, 20-49 cm long!

Ascariasis LifeCycle

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