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Therapy and Prevention for Human Toxocariasis

Service de Parasitologie Médicale, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Toulouse, 37 Allées Jules-Guesde, 31000 Toulouse, France
Service de Parasitologie, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire, 23 Chemin des Capelles, 31076 Toulouse, France
Service de Parasitologie-Mycologie, Hôpital Purpan, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, 330 Avenue de Grande-Bretagne, 31059 Toulouse, France
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Academic Editor: Graham H. Mitchell
Microorganisms 2022, 10(2), 241;
Received: 17 December 2021 / Revised: 17 January 2022 / Accepted: 18 January 2022 / Published: 22 January 2022
For the last four decades, knowledge about human toxocariasis with regard to its epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical spectrum, and imaging or laboratory diagnosis has substantially progressed. Knowledge about specific therapy with anthelmintics has lagged behind. To date, only four drugs are registered for human use, and their efficacy has rarely been assessed in prospective controlled trials. It is likely that the repurposing of potent anthelmintics from veterinary medicine will improve this situation. Due to its wide availability and a lack of major side effects during short regimens, albendazole has become the drug of choice. However, its efficacy should be more precisely assessed. The role of anthelmintics in the treatment of neurological or ocular toxocariasis remains to be clarified. Prophylactic measures in humans or companion animals are efficient and represent first-line treatments for the control of this zoonosis. Unfortunately, their implementation in areas or countries where toxocariasis epidemiology is driven by poverty is quite difficult or unrealistic. View Full-Text
Keywords: toxocariasis; treatment; benzimidazoles; albendazole; mebendazole; thiabendazole; diethylcarbamazine; prevention; emodepside toxocariasis; treatment; benzimidazoles; albendazole; mebendazole; thiabendazole; diethylcarbamazine; prevention; emodepside
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Magnaval, J.-F.; Bouhsira, E.; Fillaux, J. Therapy and Prevention for Human Toxocariasis. Microorganisms 2022, 10, 241.

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Magnaval J-F, Bouhsira E, Fillaux J. Therapy and Prevention for Human Toxocariasis. Microorganisms. 2022; 10(2):241.

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Magnaval, Jean-François, Emilie Bouhsira, and Judith Fillaux. 2022. "Therapy and Prevention for Human Toxocariasis" Microorganisms 10, no. 2: 241.

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