A parasitic malady is a communicable disease caused or transmitted by a parasite. Several parasites don't cause diseases. Parasitic diseases will have an effect on all living organisms, as well as plants and mammals. The study of parasitic diseases is named parasitology.
Symptoms may mimic anemia or a hormone deficiency. Parasites are responsible for many ill health conditions including diarrhoea, gastrointestinal upset, vaginal irritation, joint pain, nervous diseases, immune dysfunction and chronic fatigue. Long term, undetected infestation can cause many systemic problems.
The prevalence was 12.1% among 61,392 individuals in Jiangling County, Hubei Province. The first national survey reported 2,353 cases across China, a national prevalence of 0.17%. It was extrapolated that there were 1.91 million infections with this parasite in 17 provinces.