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How do you get toxocariasis?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Eating Toxocara eggs

Toxocariasis is one of the most common parasitic infections in the world.
It is acquired by ingesting the embryonated eggs or larvae of the toxocara parasite which comes from dogs or cats. After accidentally ingesting the eggs, the larvae hatch in the small intestine, penetrate the intestinal wall & travel into the bloodstream, to the liver, lungs, muscles, eye and central nervous system.

In brief: Eating Toxocara eggs

Toxocariasis is one of the most common parasitic infections in the world.
It is acquired by ingesting the embryonated eggs or larvae of the toxocara parasite which comes from dogs or cats. After accidentally ingesting the eggs, the larvae hatch in the small intestine, penetrate the intestinal wall & travel into the bloodstream, to the liver, lungs, muscles, eye and central nervous system.
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