What are the age-related demographics of tapeworm infestation?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Lisandro Irizarry, MD, MBA, MPH, FACEP; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Many cestode infections are common in children as a result of their youthful habits and relatively less adequate hygiene. For instance, D caninum, one of the most common parasites of domestic dogs and cats, is typically obtained from fleas that live in the fur of these animals. Although infection of D caninum is rare, children, especially those who enjoy handling animals, are affected more frequently than adults.


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