PHYLUM NEMATODA ;COMMON NAME: ROUNDWORM What causes this disease: contaminated soil, contaminated food and water, and insects. Genus: Toxocara
Species: Toxocara canis
How they’re spread: Roundworms are quite common in animals, who easily spread the infection when the worm eggs develop into larvae and are in the animals feces. Pets get the infection by eating infected soil, licking contaminated fur or paws, or drinking contaminated water. If the pet is a female and had babies, the babies can get it before birth or after through nursing. Roundworms are zoonotic which means they’re an animal disease that can be spread to humans. Most infections come from accidentally eating the worm larvae or the larvae entering the skin. Children are at risk when they play in dirt or sand boxes where there may be infected feces where the larvae exists. Symptoms: Many individuals don’t show symptoms, but if they’re present they can include lung problems such as coughing with bloody sputum, shortness of breath, and wheezing. Gastrointestinal symptoms include stomach pains, vomiting the worms and passing the worms through bowel movements. Some can experience a fever and skin rash. The worms may also leave the body through the mouth and nose. Most likely to be victims: Children, cats, and dogs. Round worms can give you many deadly diseases and most are deadly and dangerous to human beings. Where they hide out: In the small intestine, they can move around the body until they get back to the small intestine. Treatment: see your doctor if you have symptoms, tell your doctor about any medications, you will most likely be prescribed pyrantel pamoate, mebendazole or albendazole. Take additional medications to help other symptoms. Eat nutritional food. Take herbs these include garlic, clove, wormwood, turmeric and black walnut.