A 19-year-old female asked:
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if eggs are on an object and if they hatch there will they continue to live? and how much time they need to hatch? (pinworms)

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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
No: The eggs require passage through the acid environment of the stomach & into the intestines to complete their life cycle. They are an only human parasite that does not survive outside their human host more than a few days & will not hatch outside their specialized environmental needs.
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
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