Zoonotic Soil-Transmitted Helminths in Free-Roaming Dogs, Kiribati
Patsy A Zendejas-Heredia, Allison Crawley, Helen Byrnes, Rebecca J Traub, Vito Colella
EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES | CENTERS DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION | Published : 2021
Soil-transmitted helminths are highly prevalent in the Asia-Pacific region. We report a 96.5% prevalence of zoonotic soil-transmitted helminths in dogs in Kiribati. We advocate for urgent implementation of treatment and prevention programs for these zoonotic pathogens, in line with the Kiribati-World Health Organization Cooperation Strategy 2018-2022.
We acknowledge the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Developments, Republic of Kiribati, for their support during the implementation of this work. We also thank Leesa Grant, Annaliese Johnson, and Rosemary Miller for the sample collection and the FarrierVet/Mardi-Chi Dingo Foundation for leading the dog health and population management program.