The epidemiology of Toxocara canis

S. H. Gillespie*

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Abstract

Bred as hunter, companion and pet, the dog has a long and honourable association with man. Yet the domestic dog can host a wide range of parasites - many of which can also infect humans. One of these, the ascarid nematode Toxocara canis (Fig. 1), is of particular interest beacuse of retinal damage that may result from larvae becoming trapped in the eye. At the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, about 20-30 patients with toxocariasis are treated annually. Widespread fouling of public parks, playgrounds and pedestrian areas with dog faeces - especially in large cities - is well -recog sized as one of the main sources of Toxocara infection. Yet as Stephen Gillespie discusses here, epidemiological indicators vary widely and the riskof infection is aften treated too lightly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-182
Number of pages3
JournalParasitology Today
Volume4
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988

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