oa South African Medical Journal - Hookworm in Natal Natives

Volume 10, Issue 20
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Out of 199 stools of native male adults examined by the flotation method, 30, or 15 per cent., were found to contain hookwarm ova. Only 5 of the 30 cases gave a history of sores on the feet which may have been caused by the entrance of the hoolworm larvae. In the absence of other disease, hookworm infestation apparently causes no ill-effects in the native male adult; where, however, the hookworm infestation is associated with some sever concomitant disease, such as tuberculosis or dysentery, there is a degree of anaemia to be produced greater than that which accompanies these diseases in the absence of an associated hookworm infestation.

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