Dipylidiasis (Dog tapeworm infection)

Parasitic Diseases, Cestodes (Tapeworms)

Animals Involved

Dogs, cats, wild canids, some other wild carnivores are definitive hosts; fleas are intermediate hosts

Known Distributions

Worldwide; uncommonly reported in people

Probable Means of Spreading

Ingestion of dog or cat fleas

Clinical Manifestations in People

Usually in children; asymptomatic or mild abdominal distress, diarrhea; proglottids in feces resemble cucumber seeds

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