Study estimates 3.7B toxocara eggs shed daily in U.K. city

02/5/2013 | PhysOrg.com

The city of Bristol, England, is crawling with intestinal parasites from pets, according to new research that estimated a staggering 3.7 billion toxocara eggs are likely shed each day in the city. Toxocara can cause rare but potentially serious zoonotic infections. The toxocara parasite is harbored in foxes, cats and dogs, and parasite eggs shed in their feces can be transmitted to humans. The research reinforces the importance of routinely deworming pets as well as cleaning up pet excrement.

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