Trichuris trichiura (Whipworm)
Trichuris trichiura, also known as the whipworm, is a parasitic worm that infects the large intestine of humans and other animals. The whipworm is found primarily in warm and humid regions with poor sanitation and hygiene, and it is transmitted through the ingestion of soil contaminated with the eggs of the parasite. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and rectal prolapse. Treatment typically involves antiparasitic medications, such as mebendazole or albendazole, which can effectively kill the parasite.