Is dog waste really harmful?

Dog feces is more than just a nuisance - it can pose a serious health hazard. Here's why: A number of common parasites, including round worm, are transmitted via dog feces. When infected dog droppings are left on the ground, the eggs of the roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. As a result, anyone who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs. Children run the greatest risk of infection because they're prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands. But even a group of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football in an open area could be at risk. Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant women, can pose a serious risk to their unborn child.

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