Jan. 31, 2018
Canadian Couple Reported Health Issue After Staying At Villas Bavaro All Inclusive Timeshare Resort, Dominican Republic.
The pair developed painful blisters and swelling in their feet that they later learned were the result of hookworms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hookworms are parasites that can penetrate the skin of humans. Hookworm infection is transmitted primarily by walking barefoot on contaminated soil.
A person with a light infection may have no symptoms, but a heavy infection can lead to itching, a localized rash, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue and anemia.
The infection can typically be treated in one to three days with medication prescribed by a health care professional.