30 Diseases Humans Can Get From Pets

29. Roundworm

Roundworm infection can have a significant effect on human beings. Cats and dogs are susceptible to roundworm. The symptoms of roundworm infection in a pet include diarrhea, vomiting, and bloody stools. The worms themselves may be visible in the excrement itself. Children are most likely to contract a roundworm infection due to developing hygiene habits. They might not wash their hands frequently enough after being around pets and outside where pets do their business.

The curiosity of toddlers sees them putting many of the things they discover in their mouths. If ingested, the worm takes hold, and the infection begins. The worm larvae may also embed themselves in the skin. The worms may be distributed throughout the body. Coughing, abdominal pain, and bloody stools could indicate a human infection. In pets and their owners, anti-parasitic medication is needed to eliminate roundworm. Regular hand washing with disinfectant after pet handling can prevent infection.