Toxocara: A topical update on T canis and T cati and the impact on human toxocarosis
*Recording Now Available*
29th March 2017, 8.00pm GMT
1 Hour of Free CPD
Human toxocarosis remains a significant zoonosis worldwide, with cases continuing to be seen in the UK year on year. Although the public and Veterinary professionals are familiar with the ocular form of the disease, health consequences resulting from infection are highly variable with studies now linking Toxocara infection with epilepsy and cognitive dysfunction. The wide variety of clinical presentations means that many cases will be being missed and disease underestimated. With potentially 1 in 50 people exposed to infection, and young children showing the highest infection rates, the potential for chronic morbidity and life changing disease is a real concern.
Control of human infection will only be achieved through a multifactorial approach including Veterinary professionals. This webinar will discuss T.canis and T.cati as sources of human Toxocara infection, epidemiology and disease consequences and the approach required to achieving control of human toxocarosis.
Presented by: Ian Wright BVMS.MSc.MRCVS
Ian is a practising Veterinary surgeon and co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood. He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology, is head of the European Scientific Counsel of Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK & Ireland and guideline director for ESCCAP Europe. Ian is regularly published in peer review journals, an editorial board member for the Companion Animal Journal as well as peer reviewing for journals such as JSAP, Companion Animal and Veterinary Parasitology.
He continues to carry out research in practice including work on intestinal nematodes and tick borne diseases.