Ancylostoma caninum

Last updated on: 09.04.2021

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Ercolani, 1859

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Ancylostoma caninum hookworm found in dogs in the family of hookworms (Ancylostomatidae) and the genus Ancylostoma. It colonizes the intestines of animals as a parasite and is highly pathogenic to dogs. Infestation causes anemia, emaciation, and often bloody diarrhea in dogs. Bronchopneumonia and itchy skin lesions may also occur.

The dog hookworm is also pathogenic to humans, although humans are false hosts.

In this respect, they can penetrate the skin of humans, but they do not succeed in haematogenously spreading to infect internal organs. In this respect, only a local infection occurs with the appearance of a larva migrans cutanea syndrome.

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  1. Feldmeier H et al. (2012) Mini review: Hookworm-related cutaneous larva migrans. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 31:915-918.

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Last updated on: 09.04.2021