MSPTM 2019 Annual Scientific Conference
13 - 14 March 2019
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Title

HELMINTHS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: PARASITES OR PANACEA?

Type
Oral Presentation - Invited Speaker
Theme
Scaling Up Efforts in Tropical Disease and Vector Control through Evidence-Based Research
Topic
Neglected Tropical Diseases

Authors

Main Author
Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim1
Presenting Author
Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim1
Co-Author

Authors' Institution

Department / Institution / Country
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine / University of Malaya / Malaysia1
Content
Abstract Content

Parasites such as intestinal helminths have co-evolved with humans for thousands of years, possibly since the emergence of our species. How have parasites managed to survive through the many human civilizations? How have they evaded the human immune system? Intestinal helminths such as Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and hookworm produce a wide range of symptoms including diarrhoea, abdominal pain, general malaise and weakness, whilst some cause intestinal blood loss. In severe cases, these infections can cause intestinal obstruction, rectal prolapse and severe anaemia. However, in recent years, there is a growing evidence that intestinal helminths may play a role in the future treatment of certain diseases. This presentation will highlight how low levels of helminth infection may influence the growth of probiotic bacteria and the immune system, leading to the discovery of novel interventional strategies towards utilising helminths as a therapeutic approach.

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