Summer parasite update 2022

02 June 2022
7 mins read
Volume 13 · Issue 5
Figure 1. Cutaneous skin lesions associated with lelshmaniosis in a dog. Photo courtesy of Pedro Serra, Nationwide labs.


The rapidly changing distribution of parasites affecting pets and the vectors that transmit them continues — this summer parasite update reveals what 2022 has brought so far, and suggests ways for controlling such parasitic incursions.

There continues to be a rapidly changing picture for the distribution of parasites affecting pets and the vectors that transmit them. Mild weather conditions and continued increases in pet travel and importation make it difficult to predict where and when pathogens will emerge, and the risk they will pose to UK biosecurity, human and animal health.

So what has 2022 brought so far for parasites and their control?

Increasing numbers of imported rescue cats and dogs have been seen over the past few years with associated risk of exotic pathogens entering the UK. These numbers are also likely to be swelled in 2022 by Ukrainian pets accompanying people displaced by the war in that country. With the exception of these Ukrainian pets, ESCCAP UK & Ireland does not support importation where pets can be rehomed in the country of origin. Where importation is occurring, ESCCAP UK & Ireland is keen to work with charities to improve screening prior to importation and to raise awareness of associated issues. ESCCAP UK & Ireland also supports charities working in countries around the world to improve animal welfare and reduce the need for animal relocation.

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