Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Hymenolepis diminuta is a cestode which sometimes causes infection in humans. Human infection results from eating such foods as dried fruits and precooked breakfast cereals in which the infected grain insects, themselves infected from eating rat or mouse droppings, are present. Some symptoms of infestation in humans include, enteritis, anorexia, headaches, anal pruritus, abdominal distress and small gut irritation. Hymenolepiasis is the term for a human to be infected with either H. diminuta or Hymenolepis nana, a dwarf sister species very closely related to H. diminuta.
Negative Impacts: injures humans (causes disease in humans ); causes or carries domestic animal disease