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Can Roundworms Infect Humans
Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes - rarely: “Pulmonary infection with D. immitis is an infrequently reported cause of lung disease in humans. Approximately 80 cases have been reported in the United States, with increasing numbers reported in recent years.” See: Human disease caused by dog heartworm. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1784039) ...Read more
Depends: There are many kinds of parasites. Most are not transmitted from person to person, but some are. Giardiasis and amebiasis can be transmitted from person to person, usually during sex when there is oral-fecal or oral-anal contact. Pinworms are easily transmitted within households, especially among children. Skin parasites such as scabies and crab lice are also transmitted from person to person. ...Read more
You eat it: This is caused by an enterovirus (gut virus) that is shed in the stool of infected carriers for weeks after what is usually a mild diarrhea. A percentage of those will develop paralytic polio weeks later as a lingering effect. Vaccination has essentially eliminated these strains from North America but it persists in pockets of the third world.It could return via air travel if vaccinations stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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