Helminthic Infection

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Humans and great apes suffer from a plethora of helminthic parasites. Field studies of parasitation rates in chimpanzees indicate high seasonality of infection peaking in the wet season. Captive great apes also suffer from many helminthic infections, presumably facilitated by their confined existence and exposure to their own feces, but levels of infection have declined with more effective antihelminthics. Rates of helminthic parasitation have rapidly declined in industrialized human societies. It is unclear whether humans and great apes are intrinsically different in this respect.

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