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Parasitic Diseases

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with a toxocara canis infection in the last five years. (207171)

The number of people diagnosed with Toxocara species (Toxocara canis (T. canis) and Toxocara cati (T. cati)) infection in the last five years in England and Wales is shown in the following table:

Number of cases

2007

1

2006

1

2005

5

2004

5

2003

3

Note:

Toxocara reports are not broken down by species into T. canis and T. cati.

Source:

Information provided by the Health Protection Agency.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have a visual impairment caused by a toxocara canis infection. (207172)

The number of people that have a visual impairment caused by a Toxocara canis infection is not known as this information is not routinely reported to the Health Protection Agency.