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Are all parasitic "worms" the same?

One of the two general divisions of parasitic gastrointestinal infection is helminthic infection. A helminth is defined as a parasitic worm - complex, multi-cellular organisms with internal organs. There are a variety of classes of disease-causing helminths, including roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, heartworms, whipworms, flukes. There are multiple species within these classes and wide variability between them in terms of geographical prevalence, life cycle, seriousness of disease, etc.

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