Is Toxocariasis Contagious?
Transmission of Toxocariasis from Person to Person
Toxocariasis is considered infectious but is not transmitted from person to person.
Generally, a disease like this is caused by an infectious agent and not spread between people.
Toxocariasis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
Transmission of Toxocariasis
Transmission of Toxocariasis to a person can be by way of:
You or your children
can become infected after accidentally ingesting (swallowing) infective Toxocara
eggs from larvae in soil or other contaminated surfaces. (Source: excerpt from Toxocariasis: DPD)
Discussion about Contagion of Toxocariasis:
The most common Toxocara
parasite of concern to humans is T. canis, which puppies usually
contract from the mother before birth or from her milk. The larvae mature
rapidly in the puppy’s intestines; when the pup is 3 or 4 weeks old,
they begin to produce large numbers of eggs that contaminate the
environment through the animal’s stool. The eggs soon develop into
infective larvae. (Source: excerpt from Toxocariasis: DPD)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Toxocariasis is possible from one person to another.
Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness",
"transmission" or "transmissability".
Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics
or inheriting diseases from parents.
For an overview of contagion,
see Introduction to Contagion.
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