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Description Adult worms 1 live in the lumen of the small intestine. A female may produce approximately 200,000 eggs per day, which are passed with the feces 2. Unfertilized eggs may be ingested but are not infective. Fertile eggs embryonate and become infective after 18 days to several weeks 3, depending on the environmental conditions (optimum: moist, warm, shaded soil). After infective eggs are swallowed 4, the larvae hatch 5, invade the intestinal mucosa, and are carried via the portal, then systemic circulation to the lungs . The larvae mature further in the lungs 6 (10 to 14 days), penetrate the alveolar walls, ascend the bronchial tree to the throat, and are swallowed 7. Upon reaching the small intestine, they develop into adult worms 8. Between 2 and 3 months are required from ingestion of the infective eggs to oviposition by the adult female. Adult worms can live 1 to 2 years. From
Date 2005-04-06 (original upload date)
Source Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Author Original uploader was Tagishsimon at en.wikipedia
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