Neglected diseases: Dogs are a possible source of for zoonotic strongyloidasis

Tübingen, 21th of August 2017. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology Tübingen isolated the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis from humans and their dogs in rural Cambodia and compared the worms using molecular-biological analyses. The aim of the study was to find out whether dogs are a potential source of zoonotic transmission of this parasite or not. S. stercoralis causes the much-neglected soil born helminthiasis strongyloidiasis, wich is listed on the WHO list of neglected tropical diseases. The results of the study are now published in the journal PLOS Neglected Diseases. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)