BetaThis search tool is in development. Find out more.
Digital Images

Foot Showing Hookworm

Adrian Wressell

Available online

view Foot Showing Hookworm


Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions

About this work


Hookworm (Ascaris) is a soil-transmitted helminth (parasitic worm). It accounts for a major burden of disease worldwide. Most hookworm infections occur in Africa, the Americas, China and southeast Asia. The main way people become infected with hookworm is through direct skin contact with contaminated soil, typically when walking barefoot. The larvae and adult worms live in the small intestine (small bowel) of an infected person or animal.



We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.