One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infection of a human with the larvae of toxocara worms, causing illness and a risk of blindness from cyst formation in the eye.
- ‘As well as carrying health risks, in particular the disease toxocariasis, dog fouling is an extremely anti-social problem, and one that can very simply be avoided.’
- ‘You cannot catch toxocariasis from an infected human being, only from the faeces of a infected animal.’
- ‘He added: ‘Children are at greatest risk of illness from dog mess and can catch diseases such as toxocariasis which can cause serious eye damage and even blindness.’’
- ‘Vet Selina Bonelli, from the Best Friends Veterinary Group in Brentwood, said the risk of toxocariasis is small, but people should always be on their guard.’
- ‘In rare cases toxocariasis can lead to partial blindness and swelling of the organs and central nervous system.’
- ‘When the larvae in the intestine make their way through the bloodstream to the eye, it is known as ocular toxocariasis, or ocular larva migrans, which may lead to a permanent loss of vision.’
- ‘Ocular toxocariasis produces unilateral chronic panuveitis associated with granulomatous mass lesion in fundus (ocular toxoplasmosis usually causes acute retinochoroiditis).’
- ‘Posterior uveitis has a range of clinical manifestations and is associated with several conditions, including syphilis, tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus infection, toxocariasis and fungal diseases.’
- ‘And dog mess is not just unpleasant, it is sometimes (when pets are not wormed) a source of toxocariasis, which can lead to blindness in children.’
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