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How can I get parasites?

There are a number of ways to contract parasites. Food is one pathway for parasites to enter your body. Undercooked meat is one common breeding ground for parasites. But vegetarians are not off the hook; unclean or mishandled vegetables can also harbor parasites. Human contact from someone who has parasites can also result in contamination -- a handshake, a kiss, or even sharing the same soda can transfer parasites. Parasites don’t just come from other people; your pets can also pass them on to you. Contact with feces (human and animal) is another way of contracting parasites.

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