At the national level, 7 out of 10 persons in Mexico have parasites, although in the Northern region of Mexico the statistics are 4 out of 10, there continues to be a high incidence of this disease and people are invited to prevent it at home.

Infectious disease physician Javier Ortiz Ibarra, along with actress Leticia Calderón, said that parasite infections are not a disease that belongs to any social class and is common in all people.

However, they said, the regions which lack resources have a greater incidence, as there does not exist adequate hygiene conditions to prevent it.

To prevent parasite infections, it is necessary to implement cleaning and hygiene measures in the home and for each person. This includes washing fruits and vegetables with soap and water, use of chlorinated water and washing the hands before any activities, among other things.

"Intestinal parasites are a frequent condition, 7 out of 10 Mexicans can have intestinal parasites. It is an important matter, many times it is not regarded as important as people believe having parasites is like having antibodies and makes one stronger, while the opposite is true," said Leticia Calderón.

Due to the fact that children are the population more inclined to contract parasites, we recommend they be dewormed twice per year, as this is less costly than waiting until they suffer from all the symptoms and going to a private physcian.

They emphasized that the process to remove parasites should be done continuously, just as with the vaccination programs. However, it is not only with children, but the entire family, with the goal that the treatment be effective and there is no reinfection because some family member had not been disinfected.

If parasites are not treated, the body shows symptoms of headaches, extreme tiredness, irritability, reduced growth in children and lack of physical and mental development, in addition to diarrhea and constipation.

For this reason it is important to deworm before the symptoms are present, as the annual cost of treatment is no greater than 100 pesos ($7.75), while the treatment after contracting parasites can be much more expensive.

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera

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