biological agent


Figure 2: adult worm

C. philippinensis, the capillaria species of greatest concern to humans, is known to cause human intestinal capillariasis.

There are two other capillaria species that are less commonly of concern to humans:
C. hepatica, known to cause hepatic capillariasis; and
C. aerophila, known to cause pulmonary capillariasis.


taxonomic classification

Phylum: Nematoda

Class: Aphasmida

Order: Trichurida

Family: Capillaridae

Genus: Capillaria spp. (capillarids)


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