Cysticercosis life cycle. Photo from the Centres for disease control.Epidemiology & Risk Factors
Cysticercosis is an infection caused by the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. A human with a tapeworm sheds eggs in the stool. A pig then eats the eggs, becoming infected with the larval (juvenile) form of the parasite, which causes . . . → Read More: Cysticercosis
Cats spread toxoplasmosis to humans. Photo by Luis García
How can I prevent toxoplasmosis?
There are several general sanitation and food safety steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming infected with Toxoplasma gondii.
Cook food to safe temperatures. A food thermometer should be used to measure the internal temperature of . . . → Read More: Toxoplasmosis Prevention
Toxoplasmosis life cycle Photo from the Centre for disease control.
Toxoplasmosis is considered to be a leading cause of death attributed to foodborne illness in the United States. More than 60 million men, women, and children in the U.S. carry the Toxoplasma parasite, but very few have symptoms because the immune system usually . . . → Read More: Toxoplasmosis: Frequently asked questions
Brucella Spp. From the Centres for Disease Control in America.
Brucellosis, is a highly contagious zoonosis caused by ingestion of unsterilized milk or meat from infected animals or close contact with their secretions. Transmission from human to human, through sexual contact or from mother to child, is rare but possible. Brucella spp. . . . → Read More: Brucellosis
Dogs are susceptible to rabies infection. Photo by Norro on Wikimedia commons.
What is the risk for my pet?
Any animal bitten or scratched by either a wild, carnivorous mammal or a bat that is not available for testing should be regarded as having been exposed to rabies. Unvaccinated dogs, cats, and ferrets . . . → Read More: Rabies Prevelance, Diagnosis, and Transmission
Raccoons are often carriers of rabies. Photo by Darkone on Wikimedia commons.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals . . . → Read More: Rabies: Overview and treatment