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Rare Parasites That Mimic Cancer Make Their Way Across the Border, If You Live Near a Dog Read This

The Western Journal

By Samantha Chang

June 28, 2021

A rare, potentially deadly parasitic disease that’s endemic to Europe and Asia has been rising in Canada, underscoring the importance of strong border security.

Alveolar echinococcosis, a disease caused by the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis, was likely brought over to North America by dogs from Europe, according to Gizmodo.

Domestic dogs and wild canines such as coyotes are the preferred carriers of this dangerous parasite, but humans could also become infected through their interactions with their pets, so dog owners should be on alert.

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