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      Ascaris suum is a worm carried by pigs that can make both pigs and people sick.

      Adult worms live in a pig’s intestines and lay eggs which are shed in feces (manure). People are infected when they accidentally swallow worm eggs that grow into adult worms inside the person. When a person is infected it’s called ascariasis. The worm eggs cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are very hardy and can survive for years in soil. Pigs that are raised on dirt and have access to the outdoors are more likely to be infected with Ascaris suum and other parasites.

      If you raise pigs, be aware of the risks to human health.

      Work with a veterinarian to keep your pigs healthy and parasite-free.

      For more information on parasites visit

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