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How does a parasitic gastrointestinal infection affect the body?

Parasitic gastrointestinal infections can affect the body in several ways, depending on the specific organism involved. Protozoa, which are small, single-celled organisms, reproduce inside the host and spread throughout the body. This sort of illness can cause a variety of symptoms. Helminths, more commonly known as worms, cannot reproduce inside the host. These organisms set up infestation inside the intestine, where they feed and grow.

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