Infectious Disease Compendium

Dipylidium caninum

Microbiology

Cestode, a dog tape worm.

Epidemiology

Humans can become infected by D. caninum by accidentally eating an infected flea.  Those who eat fleas on purpose are safe? Quite rare.

Syndromes

Occasionally gastrointestinal symptoms: diarrhea, cramps, etc.

Treatment

Niclosamide 2 g po x 1 or praziquantel 5 - 10 mg/kg po x 1.

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