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December 27, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(13):1382-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090260042015

The urban variety of modern man supposedly is not exposed to the hazards of the parasitic diseases which affect his less fortunate brother who lives without benefit of modern sanitation. However, man's pets unknowingly may endow him with the products of their own internal disorders. The tragedy is that man is not aware of the frequency of such disorders, and is almost completely unaware of the need for their prevention.

That man can be infected with dog and cat ascarids has been known for years, with well-documented evidence in the medical literature. Also, ophthalmologists have recognized that the eye can be infected by these larvae in the absence of eosinophilia and a history or findings of visceral larva migrans; the communication by Wilder in 19501 has been followed by numerous reports in the ophthalmologic literature from many parts of the world. Ten years later Ashton and others showed that