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Consequences of the Infection of Children with the Eggs of the Toxocara canis Parasite and Preventative Measures.

Consequences of the Infection of Children with the Eggs of the Toxocara canis Parasite and Preventative Measures.

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Outlines - Introduction-Life cycle-Disease in humans: 1-Visceral Larvae Migrans (VLM): a- Respiratory, Hepatic and Cardiac forms b- Central Nervous System 2-- Ocular Larva Migrans (OLM)-Epidemiology and risk factors-Preventative measures-Conclusion-References


IntroductionCausative agent : Toxocara canis Infected animals: All canidsModes of transmission: -In dogs: paratenic hosts, contaminated food -In humans: fertilised eggs

Life cycle:

Disease in humans

1-Visceral Larvae Migrans (VLM):a- Respiratory, Hepatic and Cardiac formsb- Central Nervous System2- Ocular Larva Migrans (OLM)

Figure 3: A child infected by OLM. (Courtesy of the Centre for Disease Control and prevention).

Epidemiology and risk factors:

The Netherlands 19% USA 14% Germany 2.5% The Slovak Republic 13% Brazil 39% The Czech Republic 5.8-36% Spain 0-37% Cuba 5.2% Jordan 10.9 % Colombia 47.5% Nepal 81% Figure 4: The map shows distribution of the parasite . (Courtesy of the Centre for Disease Control and prevention).


Preventative measures1- Deworm pet dogs, pregnant bitches with anthelminthic regularly.2- Eradicate and control stray dogs3- Do not consume any food or water that may have been contaminated by T.canis eggs.4- Clean the dog living area regularly, all defective matter should be buried. 5- Restrict playing of children in outdoor environment, especially children suffering from pica.6- Teach children the importance of washing hands frequently.

Conclusions Toxocara canis is a worldwide distributed parasite. Infect primarily dogs.Dogs can be infected by eating paratenic hosts or other contaminated foods.Cause a disease known as Toxocariasis in humans.Humans are infected by eating contaminated vegetables or direct ingestion of eggs.Larvae migrate to different target organs causing VLM and OLM.Symptoms depend on the organs involved.The most effective preventative measures are: drenching of dogs and increase the level of awareness.


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