Risk Factors for Hookworm


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Hookworm are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Hookworm makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Hookworm. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Hookworm. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Hookworm in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: People who have direct contact with soil that contains human feces in areas where hookworm is common are at high risk of infection. Children --because they play in dirt and often go barefoot-- are at high risk. Since transmission of hookworm infection requires development of the larvae in soil, hookworm cannot be spread person to person. Contact among children in institutional or child care settings should not increase the risk of infection. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Hookworm Infection: DPD

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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