Misconceptions About Intestinal Parasites

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MYTH 1:
Intestinal parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can only infect dogs, not people.8

TRUTH:
Hookworms and roundworms can pose a serious threat to humans, especially children.8

Almost 73% of pediatricians in the US reported cases of children with parasitic infection.9

Misconceptions About Intestinal Parasites

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MYTH 2:
Ingestion of larvae is the only transmission method for hookworm infection in people.

TRUTH:
In addition to ingestion, hookworms can also infect by penetrating the skin. That is a unique ability hookworms have. So pets as well as people can get infected if their skin comes in direct contact with the contaminated areas.

8) Guidelines for Veterinarians: Prevention of Zoonotic Transmission of Ascarids and Hookworms of Dogs and Cats. Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in cooperation with the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. Document available at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/roundworm/roundworm.htm. Accessed November 8, 2010.
9) Thomblison P. Pets, worms and little people. Contemporary Pediatrics. September 2003.

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