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Toxocariasis: Introduction

Toxocariasis: Toxocariasis is a zoonotic (animal to human) infection caused by the parasitic roundworms commonly found in the intestine of dogs (Toxocara canis ... more about Toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis: A parasitic roundworm (Toxocara canis or Toxocara cati) infection that normally occurs in cats and dogs but can be transmitted to humans by ingesting the larvae or eggs. The infection may be asymptomatic or severe and symptoms depend on where the larvae travel to when they migrate through the body. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Toxocariasis is available below.

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Toxocariasis: Complications

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Causes of Toxocariasis

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Prognosis for Toxocariasis

Prognosis for Toxocariasis: In most cases, Toxocara infections are not serious, and many people, especially adults infected by a small number of larvae (immature worms), may not notice any symptoms. The most severe cases are rare, but are more likely to occur in young children, who often play in dirt, or eat dirt (pica) contaminated by dog or cat stool. (Source: excerpt from Toxocariasis: DPD)

Prevention of Toxocariasis

Prevention information for Toxocariasis has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Toxocariasis.

  • Avoid dog exposure
  • Avoid cat exposure
  • Deworming dogs
  • Deworming cats
  • Avoid feces exposure
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Article Excerpts about Toxocariasis

Toxocariasis is a zoonotic (animal to human) infection caused by the parasitic roundworms commonly found in the intestine of dogs (Toxocara canis) and cats (T. cati). In the United States, an estimated 10,000 cases of Toxocara infections occur yearly in humans. (Source: excerpt from Toxocariasis: DPD)

Definitions of Toxocariasis:

Infection by round worms of the genus TOXOCARA, usually found in wild and domesticated cats and dogs and foxes, except for the larvae, which may produce visceral and ocular larva migrans in man. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Toxocariasis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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