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Cryptosporidiosis and petting zoos: England and Wales

Posted in Other animals
Petting zoos are very common in the UK (as in many other regions), where approximately 2 million people visit 1000 different petting zoos every year. While the vast majority of petting zoo visits are simply pleasant outings associated with no problems, some people leave with more than just memories… they leave with an infectious disease. … Continue Reading

Cryptosporidiosis from wildlife centre lambs

Posted in Other animals
The May 2010 edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases contains a report about an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Scotland (McGuigan et al. 2010). Cryptosporidiosis is a common parasitic disease caused by Cryptosporidium, a protozoal parasite. It causes diarrhea, which is usually annoying (to say the least) but self-limiting in healthy people, but the infection is potentially fatal… Continue Reading

Boil water advisories: What to do with dogs?

Posted in Dogs
Here’s a reader’s question: "Our local water authority here on the East Bay of RI has issued a "boil water" alert because of the presence of e-coli as found in a routine test. My question is:  Do we need to boil dogs’ and cats’ drinking water as well? Seems that they eat the worst stuff… Continue Reading

HIV/AIDS, kids and pets

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Other diseases, Parasites, Salmonella
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-exposed and HIV-infected Children. A small but still important part of this document involves recommendations for contact with animals. It’s a nice, balanced document that acknowledges the risk but doesn’t make unnecessarily restrictive recommendations. Among… Continue Reading

Parasite exposure from pets

Posted in Cats, deworming, Dogs, Parasites
A recent study from the Netherlands investigated the prevalence of zoonotic parasites in pet feces and on pets’ haircoats. The authors sampled feces and fur from dogs and cats, and looked for Toxocara (roundworms), Toxoplasma, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. All these parasites are of concern from a public health standpoint because they can be found in… Continue Reading

Water Foul – Cryptosporidiosis

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Other animals, Parasites
Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease caused by several species of the genus Cryptosporidium, which are single-celled parasites. The disease can cause severe diarrhea.  It tends to make the news when outbreaks occur associated with contaminated drinking water, but outbreaks only account for the minority of cases reported each year. Infection can be very serious (even… Continue Reading