Strongyloidiasis is an infection caused by the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis, which is a roundworm. The roundworm S. stercoralis is a parasite. Parasites are creatures that feed off the bodies of other species while they dwell within the bodies of those other species. The living thing that is infected is called the host.
In the United States, infections caused by S. stercoralis are quite uncommon. Most of the time, the roundworm lives in warm places, like tropical and subtropical countries. It happens more often in rural areas and places like nursing homes that are run by the government.
Strongyloidiasis usually has no symptoms. Most of the time, good hygiene can keep you from getting sick from S. stercoralis.