Animals that are infected pass hookworm eggs in their stools. The eggs can hatch into larvae, and both eggs and larvae may be found in dirt where animals have been. People may become infected while walking barefoot or when exposed skin comes in contact with contaminated soil or sand.
Can I get hookworm from my dog licking me?
Yes, If you allow your dog to lick your face, there is a risk of getting a parasite. Hookworms, Roundworms, and the Giardia parasite can all be spread from dog to human through licking! You can also get several bacterial infections if you allow your dog to lick your face or damaged skin.
How do humans contract hookworms from dogs?
Some hookworms of dogs can infect humans by penetrating the skin. This is most likely to occur when walking barefoot on the beach, working in the garden or other areas where pets may deposit feces.
How do humans acquire hookworms?
Hookworm infection is mainly acquired by walking barefoot on contaminated soil. One kind of hookworm can also be transmitted through the ingestion of larvae. Most people infected with hookworms have no symptoms. Some have gastrointestinal symptoms, especially persons who are infected for the first time.
How do humans get hookworms from cats?
Some hookworms of cats can infect humans by penetrating the skin. This is most likely to occur when walking barefoot on the beach or other areas where pets deposit feces. Infection usually results in an itching sensation at the point where the larvae enter the skin and visible tracks on the skin.