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*Learning Issue: Parasitic Infections of the Eye Name: Nicole Wood - There are several types of eye infection/disease caused by parasites, however, very few cases occur in the United States (I included information about 2 parasitic eye infections I researched that could possibly affect Barry) -The epidemiology of parasitic ocular disease reflects the habitats of causative parasites as well as the habits and health status of the patient. -The geographic location is an important determining factor in the development of parasitic infections. *A relatively more common parasitic eye infection in the United States is called toxocariasis , caused by Toxocara canis (dog roundworm) - Toxocariasis is a zoonotic (animal to human) infection caused by the parasitic roundworms commonly found in the intestine of dogs ( Toxocara canis ) and cats ( T. cati ). - There are two major forms of toxocariasis: 1) Visceral larva migrans (VLM): Heavier, or repeated Toxocara infections, while rare, can cause VLM, a disease that causes swelling of the body’s organs or central nervous system. Symptoms of VLM, which are caused by the movement of
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