Dog Fouling

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 8th June 2000.

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Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Scottish National Party

Question S1W-5486

To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of disease caused by exposure to dog fouling have been reported within the NHS in Scotland in each of the last three years, broken down by region.

Photo of Susan Deacon Susan Deacon Labour

A number of gastrointestinal infections may theoretically be contracted by humans through contact with dog faeces. But there are many other possible routes for infection whereby humans may contract such infections and it is not therefore possible to identify those connected with dog fouling. There was one reported occasion in 1997 and none in 1998 or 1999 when the organism toxicara canis , which may cause serious disease in humans and may be contracted from dogs or foxes, was isolated from humans in Scotland.

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