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Roundworm Parasite Targets Canine Eyes

Posted 16 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 – A small number of dogs and cats across the United States have been infected by a roundworm parasite that targets the eye, according to a new report. While the condition isn't fatal, researchers say vets and owners should be aware of the outbreak and test dogs from areas where infections are widespread. "Infection can be a serious threat to animals, leading to the loss of vision in some cases," said report lead author Dr. Domenico Otranto, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Bari in Italy. Otranto said he became interested in the roundworm parasite – known as Onchocerca lupi – in 2011 when he was sent a roundworm of that species that had infected the eye of an 8-year-old girl from Turkey. "This was the first confirmed human case," he said. "At that time this parasite was almost unknown to vets and physicians." Since 2011, 20 cases have ... Read more

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