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You might wonder why DTB is publishing an article this month about toxocarosis, a disease that can develop in humans as a result of transmission of infective Toxocara worm eggs from the faeces of cats, dogs or foxes. Symptomatic disease is rare in the UK, so its possibility is unlikely to be uppermost in the minds of most healthcare professionals. In contrast, protecting humans from toxocarosis is a prominent concern in veterinary practice and pet owners are recommended to worm their cats and dogs regularly.1 As the health of adult cats and dogs is not usually affected by Toxocara, apart from kittens and puppies, worming cats and dogs to treat Toxocara infection is done in the name of protecting …
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