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Can Humans Get Heartworms?

by Lori Hehn - September 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

We know about hearworms in dogs and cats, but what about humans?

Dirofilaria immitis, or heartworms, are transmitted via mosquitoes. Dogs are the natural host, however, other species may become infected.

Humans may become infected when they are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying this parasite, after it is acquired from a canine carrier. These infections in humans are NOT common, and even though it is very serious in dogs, it is not very harmful in people. 

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