You are far more likely to contract one of these bacterial infections from eating improperly prepared foods or walking barefoot where an infected animal has defecated (roundworms
Radiocarbon dating revealed that the coprolite and thus the parasitic roundworm
eggs preserved inside dated back to between 16,570 and 17,000 years ago, towards the end of the last Ice Age.
"The common interpretation that the presence of [this roundworm
parasite] in modern American wild carnivores is a consequence of their contact with domestic dogs or cats should no longer be assumed as the only possible explanation," the scientists wrote in the study, which was published in the journal Parasitology.
Toxocara species included the dog roundworm
, Toxocara canis, and the cat roundworm
, Toxocara cati.
"Of the living bugs I found, there was a selection of mites, midge larvae, roundworms
, tardigrades, an unidentified larva and of course a lot of bacteria.
This test can help identify whether a roundworm
is present, and what type of treatment might be most effective.
Infections by intestinal worms including the soil-transmitted worms such as giant roundworm
, hookworm, whipworm, and schistosomiasis are an important public health concern.
Baylisascaris procyonis, the common intestinal roundworm
of raccoons, has increasingly been recognized as a source of severe, often fatal, neurologic disease in humans, particularly children.
The reason is that Ivermectins kill roundworms
but not flukes and tapeworms.
Cats can get roundworms
and tapeworms if they hunt, kill and eat small mammals.
A single dose of de-worming medication is usually not adequate to eliminate roundworms
because most dewormers act on the adult worms in the intestines and do not catch the migrating larvae.