MRSA is a bacteria found of the skin of many people. It can cause infections in some people, and can be difficult to treat
Pinworms are the most common intestinal worm infection in the U.S. Most often they are found in preschool and school-aged children and their parents. These small, threadlike worms (0.25– 0.5 inches long) are found in the human intestines and crawl out of the rectum at night to lay eggs.
What causes Pinworm?
Enterobius Vermicularis, a parasite
How is Pinworm spread?
Pinworm eggs are taken into the mouth when a person fails to wash hands well after scratching the rectal area, using the toilet, or handling contaminated pajamas, underwear or bedding. Food or other items can be contaminated the same way
What are the symptoms of Pinworm?
Rectal (bottom) itching, especially at night; irritability; disturbed sleep; may have no symptoms.
How long is it contagious?
As long as eggs are present. Eggs can remain infectious outside the body for as long as two to three weeks.
How can I prevent infection?
What should I do if there is an infection?
For more information, please call the Northern Kentucky Health Department at 859.363.2070.
Sources: Northern Kentucky Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Revised July 2015