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    he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

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    Echinococcus multilocularis isn’t a magic spell, it’s a parasite. The tiny tapeworm is found in the intestines of foxes and coyotes. The eggs from the tapeworms are found in the animals’ feces and are picked up by rodents where the worms develop into an intermediate stage and cause cysts on the liver. These cysts are ultimately fatal if untreated. If your dog eats rodents or the feces of coyotes or foxes they can become infected. The parasite is easily transferred from dog to human, and humans can go into liver failure. Most research has been done in Switzerland where the parasite is becoming a growing concern. The parasite wasn’t known in north America until recently, showing in Alaska, British Columbia and now Ontario, Canada.
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    The worst part is that it was said that infected humans won't show symptoms until 15 years after infection. The parasite forms tumor-like cysts in the liver.

    More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echino...multilocularis
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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    From the Wiki page:

    "Human alveolar echinococcosis is characterized by a lengthy incubation period of 5 to 15 years in immunocompetent individuals."

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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    https://3milliondogs.com/dogbook/the...ng-you-slowly/

    Echinococcus multilocularis isn’t a magic spell, it’s a parasite. The tiny tapeworm is found in the intestines of foxes and coyotes. The eggs from the tapeworms are found in the animals’ feces and are picked up by rodents where the worms develop into an intermediate stage and cause cysts on the liver. These cysts are ultimately fatal if untreated. If your dog eats rodents or the feces of coyotes or foxes they can become infected. The parasite is easily transferred from dog to human, and humans can go into liver failure. Most research has been done in Switzerland where the parasite is becoming a growing concern. The parasite wasn’t known in north America until recently, showing in Alaska, British Columbia and now Ontario, Canada.
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    The worst part is that it was said that infected humans won't show symptoms until 15 years after infection. The parasite forms tumor-like cysts in the liver.

    More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echino...multilocularis
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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    Well, I hope vet's are working on a vaccine. We spend a lot of money on vaccines and flea and tick prevention for our animals every year.
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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    As far as I know, there is no blood test to detect this in your dog or yourself & I don't think there are any antiparasite drugs available for either dogs or humans. Scary stuff. (Correction: see next post).
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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    As far as I know, there is no blood test to detect this in your dog or yourself & I don't think there are any antiparasite drugs available for either dogs or humans. Scary stuff.
    Here's info on this parasite: Echinococcus multilocularis | American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists It is said that it can be treated with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praziquantel so all is not lost. It's approved in the U.S. for both human & veterinary use.

    This parasite can also affect cats, who love catching mice & other varmints that might be infected. Not to be alarmist, but if its a mostly indoor cat I would approach cleaning the cat litter box with long rubber gloves & a dust mask, followed by a shower.
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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    Don't let your dog lick your face, don't play with dog ****, wash your hands before you eat. Not hard to avoid parasites.
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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    As far as I know, there is no blood test to detect this in your dog or yourself & I don't think there are any antiparasite drugs available for either dogs or humans. Scary stuff. (Correction: see next post).
    Did you mean anti parasite vaccines? There are definitely anti-parasite drugs, but I don’t believe vaccines exist for them.
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    Re: he New Parasite Dogs Carry Could Be Killing You Slowly. This parasite could kill you

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeptic Bob View Post
    Did you mean anti parasite vaccines? There are definitely anti-parasite drugs, but I don’t believe vaccines exist for them.
    There is the anti-parasite drug I posted but no vaccine.
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