Strongyloides stercoralis is a minute nematode worm, pin worm, that causes strongyloidiasis, a neglected tropical disease that affects humans.
Severe strongyloidiasis is potentially fatal symptoms of include
Severe strongyloidiasis can occur many decades after the initial infection occurs when patients become immunosuppressed as a result of other factors such as
Whilst worms are very small, infected people can have several thousands inside their intestine, and unlucky individuals can have even more widely dispersed throughout major organs of the body.
Discover the extent to which strongyloidiasis is spread throughout the world and why better methods for diagnosing the disease are needed.
Learn about the remarkable lifecycle of Strongyloides which can result in female worms developing into male worms.
Find out how Strongyloides stercoralis infects and affects humans.
A map showing the worldwide distribution of human strongyloidiasis. © www.praxis-heinke.de/
The rhabditiform larvae form of the Strongyloides stercoralisthis parasite. This is the form of the parasite seen in the stools of infected patients. © R Stothard
Strongyloidiasis diagnostic lab. © R Stothard
The lifecycle of Strongyloides stercoralis © CDC
Strongyloides stercoralis © R Stothard
Dr Russel Stothard
Museum scientists are running projects in Uganda and Zanzibar
The control programmes administer the de-worming drug ivermectin proven to be very effective against strongyloidiasis.