The occurrence of Dipylidium caninum as an intestinal parasite in an infant 6 months old is reported because its appearance in man is exceedingly rare, although it is commonly found in both the dog and cat.
REPORT OF A CASE
History.—W. V., a female infant, aged 6 months, was seen because the mother had noticed from time to time during the preceding five weeks, small white motile segments on the infant's diapers. The family history gave no evidence of parasitic infection, except that a boy, aged 14 years, boarding in the home, had from time to time been troubled with fleas acquired from a neighbor's dog. On one occasion, the mother had found a flea in the infant's carriage. No pets were kept in the home, and the environmental conditions were good. The past history was irrelevant. The infant had been breast fed successfully until five weeks prior to
STUART HC, AUGUSTINE DL. DIPYLIDIUM CANINUM INFECTION IN AN INFANT SIX MONTHS OF AGE: REPORT OF A CASE. Am J Dis Child. 1928;36(3):523–525. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920270100011
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