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Toxocara canis

Taxonomy ID 6265

The nematode Toxocara canis, or dog roundworm, is a worldwide-distributed intestinal parasite of dogs and other canids, and is thought to be the most common parasite infection of humans in the United States of America. It has a wide host range. Humans are infected by accidental ingestion of infective eggs from dog faeces, causing toxocariasis, an infection of organs such as the liver, lungs, eyes or brain. T. canis has many characteristics that make it a useful model system.

Genome Projects

There are 2 genome projects for Toxocara canis:

  • PRJEB533: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Strain Brazil/Equador)
  • PRJNA248777: University of Melbourne (Strain PN_DK_2014)

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