Opinion
Volume 5 Issue 8 - 2021
All about Helminths and Anthelmintics
Mohammad Salim*
Professor, Department of Botany, S. G. S. Govt. Autonomous P.G. College, Sidhi, Affiliated to A.P.S. University, Rewa, MP, India
*Corresponding Author: Mohammad Salim, Professor, Department of Botany, S. G. S. Govt. Autonomous P.G. College, Sidhi, Affiliated to A.P.S. University, Rewa, MP, India.
Received: July 18, 2021; Published: July 28, 2021




Helminths are a general term for parasitic worms. They are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical areas with more prevalently occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, America, China and east Asia. Humans harbour nearly 300 species of parasitic worms either derived from their primate ancestors or domestic animals. And, as the people infected with them are usually asymptotic, no one actually cares about it unless they are in large numbers. They are multicellular, eukaryotic, invertebrate animals generally requiring a living host to survive. Helminths are distinguished in having specific attachment organs like hooks and suckers, lips, teeth and dentary plates as their mouth parts. These are either nematodes (roundworms), cystodes (tapeworms) or trematodes (flatworms or flukes). Roundworms are usually found cylindrical in shape and appear round in cross section. Similarly, while tapeworms are always segmented flatworms, the trematodes are unsegmented flatworms or flukes. They are usually transmitted via contaminated soil water or food. Sometimes, these worms are entered in the body by actively penetrating the skin [1-3].

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Citation: Mohammad Salim. “All about Helminths and Anthelmintics”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 5.8 (2021): 53-56.

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