Skip to Content

Join the 'Worms and Flukes' group to help and get support from people like you.

Worms and Flukes News

U.S. FDA Approves Vermox Chewable (Mebendazole) for Treatment of Children and Adults with Roundworm and Whipworm Infections

Posted 30 Oct 2016 by

RARITAN, N.J., October 19, 2016 – Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Vermox Chewable (mebendazole chewable 500mg tablets) for the treatment of patients one year of age and older with gastrointestinal infections caused by Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm) and Trichuris trichiura (whipworm). “Roundworm and whipworm are among the most prevalent forms of intestinal parasitic infections afflicting children in the world today, particularly in vulnerable and neglected communities,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson. “The FDA approval of Vermox Chewable represents an important milestone in our efforts to develop a new therapy that safely cures patients with intestinal infections by roundworm and whipworm. We will ... Read more

Related support groups: Worms, Vermox, Mebendazole, Ascariasis, Whipworm Infection, Worms and Flukes

New Clues to Sleeping Sickness

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Parasites that cause sleeping sickness can be found on the skin of people with no symptoms of the disease, a new study finds. Sleeping sickness affects 4,000 to 8,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa each year. People are generally infected by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which transmits the parasites. Symptoms include fever, headaches, joint pain and itching. The disease can be fatal if the parasites reach the central nervous system, according to the World Health Organization. The new discovery suggests a need to revise the current screening method, which involves checking for the parasites in blood. It also raises the possibility that sleeping sickness could be eliminated in West Africa, according to the researchers. "In recent centuries, sleeping sickness has almost been eradicated in West Africa on two occasions," said study author Brice Rotureau, of the ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes

Impax Receives Approval of Emverm (mebendazole) Chewable Tablets

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by

HAYWARD, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL) today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for Emverm (mebendazole) 100 mg chewable tablets. Emverm is indicated for the treatment of Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm), Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), Ascaris lumbricoides (common roundworm), Ancylostoma duodenale (common hookworm), Necator americanus (American hookworm) in single or mixed infections. Pinworm is a highly contagious parasite that infects approximately 40 million people in the United States each year.1 Pinworm infection is three times more common than head lice.2 Emverm is not for persons who have shown hypersensitivity to the drug. "We are pleased to announce the approval of Emverm, a new prescription product for the treatment of pinworm ... Read more

Related support groups: Pinworm Infection (Enterobius vermicularis), Worms, Mebendazole, Hookworm Infection (Necator or Ancylostoma), Ascariasis, Whipworm Infection, Pinworm Medicine, Worms and Flukes, Emverm

Assessing Health Issues of Child Refugees

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 – The main health problems of refugee children from Asia and Africa when they arrive in the United States are outlined in a new study. Based on screenings of more than 8,100 young refugees between 2006 and 2012, the top health concerns were hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasitic worms, high blood lead levels and anemia, the study found. The refugees, all younger than 19, were from Bhutan, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq and Somalia. The screenings were conducted shortly after they arrived in Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington state. In general, these conditions were more common among children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Somalia, and lower among those from Iraq, researchers said. Among refugees from Myanmar, those who came to the United States from Thailand had more diseases than those who came ... Read more

Related support groups: Anemia, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis - Latent, Tuberculosis - Active, Lead Poisoning, Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes

Chagas Disease Parasite Prevalent in Texas 'Kissing Bugs'

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Blood-sucking insects commonly found in Texas are often carriers of a deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease, a new study finds. The bugs – also known as "assassin bugs" or "kissing bugs" – can carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease, said researchers from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Texas residents appear to be at much greater risk for this disease than previously thought, the researchers warned. "It surprised me that so many of them were carrying the parasite. I was expecting to have some, but this is quite high," study leader Rosa Maldonado, an associate professor of biological sciences at UTEP, said in a university news release. "Doctors usually don't consider Chagas disease when they diagnose patients, so they need to be aware of its prevalence here." Chagas disease is spread when insects carrying T. cruzi ... Read more

Related support groups: Insect Bites, Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes, Trypanosomiasis

With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing

Posted 7 Sep 2015 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 5, 2015 – With the start of the new school year, parents need to remind their children about the importance of hand-washing and how to do it properly, an infectious-disease expert says. Hand-washing is the best way to prevent many types of infections, and is especially important after using the bathroom and before eating, according to Dr. Beverly Connelly. She's with the division of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in Ohio. "Germs get left everywhere! Good hand hygiene practices help prevent catching colds and respiratory viral infections, stomach bugs and diarrhea, as well as MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] and other skin infections. Make hand hygiene a practice you and your family practice every day," she said in a hospital news release. Parents should explain to children why it's important to wash their hands, ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Influenza, Pinworm Infection (Enterobius vermicularis), Infection Prophylaxis, Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes

Pets Can Spread Infections to People: Review

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – Pets can transfer infections to humans, especially young children, seniors, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, experts report. Pet owners and health care providers need to be aware of this risk and take steps to protect vulnerable people, said the authors of a review published in the April 20 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Studies suggest physicians do not regularly ask about pet contact, nor do they discuss the risks of zoonotic diseases with patients, regardless of the patient's immune status," said Dr. Jason Stull in a journal news release. He is an assistant professor in the department of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University. A zoonotic disease is one that can be passed between animals and humans. All pets can transmit diseases to people, including salmonella, drug-resistant bacteria, ... Read more

Related support groups: Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis, Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes

Roundworm Parasite Targets Canine Eyes

Posted 16 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 – A small number of dogs and cats across the United States have been infected by a roundworm parasite that targets the eye, according to a new report. While the condition isn't fatal, researchers say vets and owners should be aware of the outbreak and test dogs from areas where infections are widespread. "Infection can be a serious threat to animals, leading to the loss of vision in some cases," said report lead author Dr. Domenico Otranto, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Bari in Italy. Otranto said he became interested in the roundworm parasite – known as Onchocerca lupi – in 2011 when he was sent a roundworm of that species that had infected the eye of an 8-year-old girl from Turkey. "This was the first confirmed human case," he said. "At that time this parasite was almost unknown to vets and physicians." Since 2011, 20 cases have ... Read more

Related support groups: Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes, Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

Posted 21 Nov 2014 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 – Scientists say they've mapped the genome – the genetic "blueprint" – of a tapeworm extracted from a British man's brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection. As reported Nov. 21 in the journal Genome Biology, the tapeworm was removed from the brain of a 50-year-old British man of Chinese ethnicity. "This infection is so rare worldwide and completely unexpected in this country that the patient was not diagnosed ... until the worm was pulled out from the brain," study lead author Hayley Bennett, of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom, said in a journal news release. As the researchers explained, most tapeworms live in the gut, causing symptoms such as weight loss, weakness and abdominal pain. However, some species travel to areas such as the eyes, spinal cord and brain. In this study, researchers sequenced the genome ... Read more

Related support groups: Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes

Roundworm Infections Threaten Organ Recipients

Posted 11 Apr 2013 by

THURSDAY, April 11 – Three people who received transplant organs in 2012 from the same 24-year-old donor got more than they bargained for: Each developed a severe roundworm infection, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The transplant recipients acquired Strongyloides, an infection caused by an intestinal parasite common in the tropics and subtropics known as S. stercoralis. The infection apparently was transmitted from the donated organ to the recipients, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The discovery could lead to new guidelines for organ transplantations, the report suggested. Doctors currently recommend screening recipients for Strongyloides if they come from areas where the parasitic worms are widespread, but this report suggests a need to screen donors as well. "Donor-derived Strongyloides infection might be more common than ... Read more

Related support groups: Helminthic Infection, Worms and Flukes

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Hookworm Infection (Necator or Ancylostoma), Whipworm Infection, Capillariasis, Schistosoma haematobium, Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), Moniliformis Infection, Filariasis - Elephantiasis, Angiostrongylosis, Clornorchis sinensis (Liver Fluke), view more... Dracunculiasis, Schistosoma mansoni, Neurocysticercosis, Paragonimus westermani (Lung Fluke), Naophyetus salmincola, Schistosoma japonicum, Schistosoma mekongi, Fasciolopsis buski (Intestinal Fluke), Gnathostomiasis, Heterophyes heterophyes (Intestinal Fluke), Loiasis, Intestinal Nematodes, Larval Helmenthiasis, Metagonimus yokogawai (Intestinal Fluke), Opisthorchis viverrini (Liver Fluke), Infections

Related Drug Support Groups

Mintezol, thiabendazole