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How do hookworms lead to anemia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Hookworms, or nematode larvae, hang out in contaminated soil until they encounter a host : you. Then they penetrate your skin, go for a swim in your bloodstream where they can travel to other areas, such as your lungs, eventually ending up in your small intestine and subsisting off your blood. Over time, someone infected with hookworms can develop anemia and become chronically fatigued.
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