April 28, 2003

Health watch: wash your hands after petting a dog

A new study shows that Toxocara canis worms are present on a dog's coat and such worms can threaten eyesight, and cause toxocariasis, an illness similar in symptoms to glandular fever if they get into the human body. The veternarian who did the study noted that it was not a big problem, as very few people are found to be infected. He just advises that people worm their dogs "regularly and wash their hand before meals, and after petting the animal."

Posted by Tiger at April 28, 2003 03:20 PM