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Do intestinal parasites affect children differently than adults?

The mechanism by which intestinal parasites infect a human being are essentially the same, regardless of the age of the individual. Parasitic gastrointestinal infections usually develop as a result of ingestion of contaminated water. Once the parasites have entered the intestinal tract, they set up intestinal infestation in the case of helminths, or they disseminate and reproduce in the case of protozoa. Infants and newborns are, generally speaking, more vulnerable to infectious disease and dehydration than are adults, and as a result, parasitic gastrointestinal infections are likely to be more serious in these age groups

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