Enterobius vermicularis

Public Health and Prevention Strategies

To prevent the spread of infection or reinfection, the following are suggestions from the CDC pinworm fact sheet:

Daily cleaning and vacuuming of households, as well as washing of sheets are not necessary nor effective, and neither are school-wide pinworm screenings. It is also worth noting that children may return to school after bathing, trimming and scrubbing nails, and taking the first dose of treatment.