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What are parasitic infections?

When a parasite enters a person's body and begins to multiply, it is referred to as a parasitic infection. Parasites usually enter the body through the mouth or skin, although in some cases, infections can be passed from a mother to her unborn child. Examples of parasites that can infect human beings are single-celled organisms called protozoa or multi-celled invertebrates such as hookworms or tapeworms.

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