Zoonotic Ascaris in Timor-Leste

Ascariasis in humans in mainly caused by Ascaris lumbricoides. However, the closely related species Ascaris suum that usually infects pigs can also infect humans and has been described to do so specially when the human species exists in a low prevalence, and in a limited extent when A. lumbricoides is endemic. This study aims to evaluate the extent to which zoonotic Ascaris is present in Timor-Leste in the context of a cluster randomized controlled trial that aims to decrease the levels of infection with intestinal parasites (the WASH for WORMS trial). The student is expected to conduct laboratory work (PCR) in Melbourne.