Book Chapter

Global prevalence of Toxocara infection in cats

Ali Rostami, Mahdi Sepidarkish, Guangxu Ma, Tao Wang, Maryam Ebrahimi, Yadolah Fakhri, Hamed Mirjalali, Andreas Hofmann, Calum NL Macpherson, Peter J Hotez, Robin B Gasser

ADVANCES IN PARASITOLOGY, VOL 109: TOXOCARA AND TOXOCARIASIS | Advances in Parasitology | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Zoonotic parasites, including Toxocara species, of pet and stray cats are of public health importance. Justification for, and the design and implementation of prevention and control of human toxocariasis may benefit from an understanding of the zoonotic potential and prevalence of parasites in this definitive host species. This is the first systematic review and meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies, conducted to estimate the prevalence of Toxocara infection(s) in cats by geographical location, type (rural vs urban and stray vs pet), gender and age. Pooled data were assessed using a random effects-model as well as several meta-regression and stratified analyses conducted. Of 1733 peer-rev..

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Grants

Awarded by Health Research Institute at the Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Health Research Institute at the Babol University of Medical Sciences (IR.MUBABOL.HRI.REC.1398.129), Babol, Iran (A.R.). Research in R.B.G.'s group is supported through funds from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, the Australian Research Council (ARC), Yourgene Health, Melbourne Water Corporation and The University of Melbourne.