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Whip Worm

Omar O. Barriga barriga.2 at osu.edu
Fri Oct 31 20:11:57 EST 1997

>A friend of mine acquired a whip worm infestation from, she
>thinks, eating a peach from Chile that she failed to wash before

>She's had it for awhile now, and has had several therapies.

>I dont know the medicines, but the current one is very strong and
>they seem to building up an immunity to it.

>Is there a list of medicines available - western and herbal-
>for killing the pesky little devils off on the web?

>The western medicines are not working and we were wondering
>if there are any chinese or korean remedies known to be effective.

>This is a serious parasite to have, and, she's had it about a year

>any help would be appreciated, I'm getting quite concerned for her.

>thank you,


Dear Birdie:
	Although your friend COULD have gotten the infection from a Chilean peach, 
there is a better chance that she got it locally, from any fecally 
contaminated ground vegetable or water he/she ate or drunk. Fruits that grow 
high on a tree are not common sources of whipworm infection and the infection 
is not particularly abundant in Chile.  
	Regarding treatment, there is a number of medicines that are quite effective 
(levamisole, fenbendazole, ivermectin, to name a few) but the treament must be 
directed by a physician.
	I would not trust any of the "exotic" teatments; none of them have proved to 
be effective.  
			Omar O. Barriga

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