Hookworms have a profound effects on humans.
Over 1.3 million people in the world are infected with
hookworms. This is a major problem in third world countries and
places of low health conditions. Once infected, the human host
can have many health problems associated with the infection.
Problems caused by hookworms:
-Anemia due to high blood loss and iron deficiency
-Hypoproteinemia, or low protein levels
-Severe acute pulmonary and gastrointestinal reaction
-In children, infections have stunted growth and even caused below average intelligence.
-Itchy, red, rash at penetration site
-Loss of appetite