Report shows hookworm hotspots in the U.S.

Des Moines, Iowa, had the highest increase in hookworm in May, according to a new report from the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

The monthly report alerts veterinarians and pet owners of U.S. metropolitan areas experiencing the highest percentage increase in positive hookworm tests in the last 30 days. Des Moines was followed on the list by Santa Rosa, California, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

“An increase in hookworm prevalence not only alerts communities to a heightened threat to the health of dogs and cats, but it also warns of an increased threat to the health of children and families who can potentially contract hookworm infection,” said Craig Prior, a CAPC board member.

Canine and feline hookworm can be particularly harmful for puppies and kittens, according to CAPC. A recent study showed a 47% increase in the number of canine hookworm cases in the United States from 2012-2018.

“This demonstrates how vital it is for dogs and cats to be protected against hookworm parasites with broad-spectrum, year-round preventatives and at a minimum biannual testing,” Prior said. “By protecting your pet, you are protecting other pets, your family, other families—and your entire community.”