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Australian-first examine on canine intestinal worms in canine parks prompts an pressing name for canine homeowners to deworm their canine

Research reveals a excessive contamination charge in canine parks in city Australia heightening the danger of zoonotic ailments in folks

Australia’s first nationwide examine[1] investigating the dangers, prevalence and distribution of canine intestinal worms in canine parks throughout Australia – has revealed that just about half (42.6%) of parks sampled have been contaminated with canine intestinal worms. 


Canine parks present a great city house the place canine and their homeowners can train, play and socialise. These parks can, nonetheless, improve the danger of publicity to parasites for each canine and folks if canine poo isn’t picked up[2], as most kinds of canine intestinal worms also can infect and trigger illness in people (generally known as a zoonotic illness or zoonosis). 


The examine, carried out by The College of Melbourne, is the primary of its variety in Australia. General, the examine revealed a excessive charge of contamination of canine intestinal worms in canine parks throughout the nation. 


Key findings from the examine included:

  • Virtually half (42.6%) of parks sampled have been contaminated with a minimum of one species of canine intestinal worm.
  • Contamination of parks was highest within the tropical north, with contamination of 100% of parks examined in Far North Queensland. 
  • The speed of contamination was decrease in sub-tropical and temperate areas, nonetheless remained as excessive as 43% in Melbourne and 20% in Hobart.


Aligning with World Zoonoses Day tomorrow, the outcomes of the examine spotlight the significance of training to lift consciousness of accountable pet possession, together with month-to-month deworming, to minimise the animal and public well being dangers related to these parasites. 


Rebecca Traub, Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at The College of Melbourne and the first investigator of the examine, says, “Preventative measures, comparable to common deworming, and accountable pet possession, such because the rapid elimination of canine poo in parks, needs to be inspired to minimise the well being dangers related to canine intestinal worms to each canine and people.” 


“With tomorrow marking World Zoonoses Day, now could be the correct time to focus on the danger of illness transmission between pets and folks, together with the danger posed by canine intestinal worms.”


“Many canine homeowners are conscious of intestinal worms in canine and the well being points they will trigger, together with vomiting, diarrhoea and anaemia. Much less well-known are the results, doubtlessly very critical, they will have in people.  With 5 of the seven worm species recognized on this examine being zoonotic, the excessive charge of contamination in parks coupled with a lack of expertise of the danger they pose in people, might have vital penalties. Thankfully, the identical easy measures used to cut back the danger in canine, that’s month-to-month deworming of canine and common elimination of canine faeces, are very efficient in decreasing the danger of human an infection with these parasites.  


“The most important line of defence is month-to-month deworming utilizing a product that particularly targets hookworms, roundworms and whipworm, comparable to NexGard Spectra,” Professor Traub says.


To assist scale back the danger of zoonotic illness transmission from pets to folks, the Australian Companion Animal Zoonoses Advisory Panel has lately developed a set of pointers. The panel is comprised of seven unbiased veterinary and human infectious illness consultants, together with Professor Traub. 


Key suggestions from the Advisory Panel to cut back the danger of illness transmission from pets to individuals are: 

  • Deworm pets month-to-month 
  • Deal with pets for exterior parasites year-round
  • Common veterinary well being checks for pets
  • Guarantee good hygiene practices (e.g. handwashing, disposal of pet poo)
  • Keep away from feeding uncooked meat diets to pets


Professor Traub concludes, “Over the past decade, an growing variety of city parks have grow to be accessible to canine. If homeowners do not stay vigilant as regards to disposal of their canine’ faeces, these areas will proceed to be a supply of infectious brokers, comparable to canine intestinal worms to different pet canine and people.”


Please direct all media enquiries to:

Anna MacIntosh, Polkadot Communications / 0411 527 756


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[1] The examine concerned the gathering of 1,581 environmental faecal samples from 190 city parks throughout the nation, with assortment happening from December 2020 to March 2021.  The examine might be printed within the Worldwide Journal for Parasitology later this yr.


[2] Canines purchase worms by ingesting microscopic worm eggs or larvae current within the setting or, for some worm species, the larvae can straight penetrate the canine’ pores and skin. People might purchase worms in the identical approach (for these canine worm species which might be zoonotic).

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