(HealthDay News) -- Pinworm is the most common worm infection in
the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
It can affect people of any age or socioeconomic status,
although it most commonly affects school-age children, the CDC
Most often, the infection is acquired by putting the fingers in
the mouth after touching a contaminated surface. Humans are the
only known host of pinworms, which the CDC says cannot be acquired
Here are the CDC's suggestions to reduce the risk of pinworm
- Wash hands well and often with soap and water, especially
before touching food, after using the toilet, and after diaper
- Make sure fingernails are trimmed short and kept clean.
- Don't bite fingernails.
- Avoid scratching near the anus.
- Give children a daily bath or shower and change underwear
- Wash all clothing, linens and undergarments regularly in hot
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