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Articles by Lora R. Ballweber, DVM

Lora R. Ballweber, DVM


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A refresher on Baylisascaris procyonis (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Larva migrans (LM) simply refers to the migration and persistence of helminth larvae in tissues of animals and humans and is separated clinically and pathologically into visceral (VLM), ocular (OLM) neural, and cutaneous larva migrans (CLM). There are many helminth parasites that can cause LM; however, Toxocara and Baylisascaris account for the majority of human cases as well as those in other animals.

Echinococcus granulosis – a re-emerging threat (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Echinococcus granulosus is a tiny (~3 mm) tapeworm responsible for cystic echinococcosus in humans. In many regions of the world, this is a major public health problem as well as an important economic issue. As with other tapeworms, the life cycle involves both definitive and intermediate hosts.

Giardia and genotypes–What does it all mean? (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Giardia is a protozoan parasite frequently detected in a wide variety of animals, including humans. Three major morphological groups are recognized: Giardia muris in mice, G. agilis in from amphibians, and a third group from various warm-blooded animals.

Anthelmintic resistance: fact or fiction? (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

The ability to use anthelmintics to prevent and eliminate parasite infections or disease has been the cornerstone for many parasite control programs. Unfortunately, in many instances, what was a cornerstone has become the whole program.

Cryptosporidium – Do I have to learn all those new species? (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Cryptosporidium spp. are protozoan parasites of a wide variety of vertebrates, including humans, dogs, cats, horses and livestock. They are found throughout the world and are considered to be primary pathogens of both public health and veterinary concern because of their ability to cause gastrointestinal disease, their ubiquitous presence in the environment, and associations with large scale waterborne and foodborne outbreaks.

Tapeworms in all the wrong places: some unusual presentations of common parasites (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

Raw food diets – when will we learn that truly raw foods are the pathway for disaster? In addition to bacterial problems, most tapeworm infections in dogs and cats are a result of eating raw food (prey) or ingesting untreated water. Pets should be fed cooked or prepared food and provided with fresh, potable water.

Parasites and their expanding universe (Proceedings)
May 1, 2011

"After all, we are a mobile society and our pets travel with us". We are all probably tired of hearing it, yet, transporting our pets around the world is one of the most significant factors in the emergence of diseases in new geographic areas.

Who's knocking at your door? (Proceedings)
November 1, 2009

We are all probably tired of hearing it, yet, transporting our pets around the world is one of the most significant factors in the emergence of diseases in new geographic areas.

Making sense of it all: Understanding and interpreting patient-side diagnostic tests (Proceedings)
November 1, 2009

Numerous patient-side tests are available to aid in the detection and diagnosis of various parasites and tick-borne pathogens.

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