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Risk from small, dangerous tapeworm may be growing

The tiny Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm spreads to dogs, cats, foxes, wolves and other animals that eat infected rodents, and humans who come in contact with infected animal feces can contract the potentially deadly parasite. The tapeworm may be becoming more prevalent in North America, and risk of exposure is likely rising as contact between people and wildlife increases, says veterinarian Emily Jenkins of the University of Saskatchewan.

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