Hookworm is a common, chronic parasitic infection that is caused by the wormsNecator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale. It has been reported that hookworm infections.
(A. duodenale) are still common in northern Australian communities, particularly amongst Indigenous Australians.
Hookworms can be treated with a wide variety of anthelmintics, however, resistance has been detected in the case of some commonly used drugs such as pyrantel in dogs Public education on the dangers associated with dirt contaminated with human, dog or cat faeces can help reduce the number of cases of hookworm infection.
Ancylostoma braziliense is a hookworm of dogs, cats and other carnivores. A. caninum is found in dogs, and has been reported in cats in some parts of Asia and Australia.