Adult whipworms are a very long thread-like parasite with one enlarged end, which is where the name comes from. How do whipworms infect? Whipworm is most commonly passed to a puppy from its mother, prior to birth. While puppies are by far the most at risk, older dogs and cats can also become infected in adult life. The larvae and adult worms live in the intestine of humans and can cause intestinal disease. The name is derived from the worm’s distinctive whip-like shape. Whipworm is the third most common round worm of humans.
Whipworms are named for their whiplike appearance, a thin anterior end (esophagus) and thick posterior end (reproductive portion). Adults live primarily in the cecum but also in the large intestine in heavy infections. As with roundworms, adult whipworms produce environmentally resistant eggs, which are extremely difficult to destroy. Whipworms live in the large intestine and whipworm eggs are passed in the feces of infected persons. If the infected person defecates outside (near bushes, in a garden, or field) or if human feces as used as fertilizer, eggs are deposited on soil. They can then mature into a form that is infective. Whipworm infection is caused by ingesting eggs.
The human whipworm is a parasitic nematode that causes Trichuriasis. Particularly, it’s an infection of the human cecum, appendix, colon, and rectum, most commonly known as whipworm disease. As the name suggests, the whipworms resemble a whip. Indeed, the female whipworm is 50 mm long with a slender anterior end and a thicker posterior end. What is whipworm? Whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) is an intestinal parasite of humans. The larvae and adult worms live in the intestine of humans and can cause intestinal disease. The name comes from the worm’s whip-like shape.
As the name suggests, in the adult form, this parasitic worm has a whip-like shape. It has a small, narrow head at the front, which is the part of the worm that eats and digests material. The tail part, which is much larger and thicker (the ‘handle of a whip’), is the reproductive part of the worm. The medical term for a whipworm infestation is "trichuriasis." They are named after the variety of Trichuris species that affect various host species. The Trichuris vulpis parasite is often transmitted to dogs after they ingest infected food or other matter. Whipworms are small worms, reaching a maximum size of two to three inches.