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Parasite enters Michigan, affecting canids, humans

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Parasite enters Michigan, affecting canids, humans

Postby zebrafox » Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:54 pm

When i went in to the vet last week to get Zoya's eyes checked, the vet alerted me to the dangers of a type of tapeworm thats moving across the country from alaska. Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinococ ... ilocularis

It primarily infests canids but can go unnoticed because it does not show up on normal fecal tests you'd take to the vet. It is also not affected by the normal anti-parasites you give your dog/fox (like heartguard, revolution etc). So it needs a special test to be identified, and a special de-wormer to treat.

It's a particularly dangerous parasite because it can be passed from your dog/fox to you and causes a liver disease similar to liver cancer. It has recently been identified in Michigan. In 2012 it was in West Michigan according to this report:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22339082

Im in east michigan, but because this report was 3 years ago its possible it's in this area by now. The vet recommended that I preemptively treat Zoya for this, for prevention purposes, so Im going ahead with that.
The treatment is Droncit tablets - 51mg now and 52 mg a month from now.

I wanted to just give other Michigan fox/dog owners a heads up on this.
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Re: Parasite enters Michigan, affecting canids, humans

Postby pat » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:37 pm

thank you for the that info.

I would think that would pertain more to the foxes in the wild? guess captive ones can get it too. :shrug:

geez, where in the heck is all this crap coming from.. icon_confused.gif
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Re: Parasite enters Michigan, affecting canids, humans

Postby Ash » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:57 pm

Yikes... :shock: That's good to know. It's not often you have that type of thing happen.
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Re: Parasite enters Michigan, affecting canids, humans

Postby zebrafox » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:58 am

Id asked my vet about that and although risk with captive foxes is probably lower, apparently it can be spread airborne - so if a fox is in an enclosure outdoors and an infected canid comes by and even breathes/coughs near the fox, the fox in the enclosure could be infected.
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Re: Parasite enters Michigan, affecting canids, humans

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:04 pm

The eggs are light weight in the scat and can be made airborne by messing with the scat. It's not an airborne disease though in that coughing and sneezing can spread it and it still needs ingested. So for example if you kicked a pile of poo and then licked your lips you might have ingested some.

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