Raccoon parasite found in cats

For the first time, veterinarians have discovered the parasite Dracunculus insignis, usually found in raccoons and other mammalian wildlife, in domestic cats, according to a report published in the February issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. “The cats that contracted the worms likely ingested the parasites by drinking unfiltered water or hunting frogs,” said Cornell University researcher Araceli Lucio-Forster. The worms create shallow ulcers in the skin but cause little other direct harm, although when they emerge from the host, inflammation or secondary infections may occur. PhysOrg.com (2/20)

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