Roundworms can infect people and cause serious diseases. Toxocara spp. for example can cause ill health and even blindness.
Ticks transmit illnesses such as Lyme disease, which can affect people as well as pets.
Fleas bite people and can cause allergic reactions but also transmit diseases.
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Fleas and ticks can also bite people, causing irritation and even transmitting disease.
Soil may contain infective worm eggs that children could easily ingest. Cats’ and dogs’ droppings can cause this contamination, the key route of transmission of Toxocara spp. to humans.
First-time exposure of pregnant women to roundworms may be associated with reproductive disorders.