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Disease Potential from Michigan Dog Bites and Dogs

Zoonotic diseases are ones that can transfer from animal to human. Direct contact with a dog increases your chances that you may contract a zoonotic disease. Examples are:

  1. Toxocariasis
  2. Campylobacter infection
  3. Ringworm
  4. Rabies


This disease is caused by parasitic roundworms commonly found in the intestines of dogs. Typically infections occur when there is some sort of contact with contaminated feces. If a dog’s mouth has been in contact with feces and then licks or bites another individual, the disease may spread. Many people may not notice any symptoms, or they may have a fever, fatigue, abdominal discomfort or coughing. A blood test may be necessary for diagnosis. Those infected may have vision loss or damage to other organs and central nervous system.


Campylobacter is a bacteria, found in the intestines of dogs, that may cause a diarrheal infection and vomiting. It is a common trigger for Guillain-Barre syndrome. Dogs over six months old may become asymptomatic carriers. As many as 50 percent of dogs carry campylobacteriosis.


This disease is actually caused by a fungus; not a worm, as its name suggests. Ringworm is usually passed by contact with skin or hair, and the spores can live in the animal’s environment for quite a while. If a dog has one or more round, hairless patches, it may have ringworm. A human with ringworm may have a red “ring” with a clear center on their skin.


Rabies is one of the most serious diseases a dog may pass along to a human. Affecting the central nervous system, it is potentially fatal and must be treated quickly, even if vaccinations have previously been given. This virus can be most often transmitted through bites or scratches. Rabies may take up to four weeks before symptoms develop, however, the virus will progress very quickly from that point. There are two types of rabies: paralytic and furious. The paralytic state may be indicated by weakness and poor coordination. The furious form may include aggressive behavior. Some other indicators of rabies are: fever, inability to swallow, seizures, and excessive saliva or “foaming at the mouth”.


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