Department of Health


Worms is a collective term for a range of parasites that affect the digestive tract. Contamination is caused as a result of eating worm eggs. The eggs travel through the digestive system to the intestines where they hatch into worms.

The different species of worms include:

  • Threadworm (or Pinworm)
  • Roundworm
  • Hookworm, and
  • Whipworm.

Worms are easily treatable when infection occurs, however diagnosis is usually best conducted by your doctor.

Further information

For more information contact your doctor or pharmacist.