Is your kitty's poop a public health threat?

July 9, 2013 4:05 PM

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Is your kitty's poop a public health threat?

Should your cat's "No. 2" be considered a No. 1 health problem? Thanks to a hardy parasite that makes its home in cat feces, a growing number of animal disease experts are calling for a national health campaign to clean up after America's beloved felines.

"Nobody wants to talk about it, but our cats are outside pooping all over the place," said Patricia Conrad, a professor of parasitology at UC Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine. "There's a lot more out there in the environment than any of us would like to think about."

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