waste infects children and adults with disease-causing
bacteria and parasites. It also spreads diseases between
pets. When pet poop is not disposed of properly, not
only does water quality and pet health suffer, but our
health may be at risk too. Pets and children who play
in yards or in parks where pets defecate are most at
risk for infection from disease-causing bacteria and
parasites found in pet waste. Here are some diseases
that can be passed from pet waste to humans:
a bacterial infection carried by dogs and cats that frequently
causes diarrhea in humans.
the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans
by other animals.
roundworms usually transmitted from dogs to humans.
a parasite carried by cats that can cause birth defects
if a woman becomes infected during pregnancy.
Understanding and Preventing Human/Animal Diseases
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Prevention of Diseases Transmitted in Wastes
Besides cleaning up your Pet's droppings, there are a few
simple precautions you should take and should teach your
Wash your hands after contact with soil where an animal may
have relieved itself. Avoid going barefoot in areas where
an animal may have relieved itself, particularly in warm
climates, where hookworms flourish.
Remind children to wash their hands before eating and not
to put their hands in their mouths while playing with animals
or on potentially contaminated grounds. Teach them all other
precautions as well.
If your dog has gone swimming or wading in a pond or creek
that could be harboring leptospirosis, give it a bath.