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toxocarosis

The role of cats in human toxocarosis

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Vol 4 - Issue 4
Written by Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS
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The role of cats in human toxocarosis

Toxocara spp. are a group of intestinal nematodes with species infecting dogs (T.canis) and cats (T.cati). They are the cause of human toxocarosis; a signifi cant zoonosis that can lead to visceral, ocular and neurological syndromes. Despite extensive research into the ocular form of the disease and a relatively high public profile, much about the aetiology and transmission of disease remains unknown. The focus of research and control measures has mostly surrounded T.canis and dog fouling, but increasing evidence is suggesting that T.cati may play a greater role than previously thought. This article discusses human toxocarosis and its control, with a particular emphasis on the role of cats and T.cati.

All our Tutored Online CPD Courses are written and taught by an expert in the relevant field. The tutor for this course is:

Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS