Alarmist

PUBLISHED: 16:53 17 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 24 May 2010

Whilst I agree entirely that people have a duty to clean up after their dogs, considering the facts, I feel that the closing comment in your article, concerning the effects of toxocara

Whilst I agree entirely that people have a duty to clean up after their dogs, considering the facts, I feel that the closing comment in your article, concerning the effects of toxocara on human health, was unnecessarily alarmist. Last year, out of a population of 60,000,000 in the UK, 833 people were murdered while less than 20 people were affected by contact with toxocara. Although it's perfectly reasonable to point out the health risks of dog, cat and fox fouling, the actual risk should be quantified by the facts.Peter Hickey - Via e-mail

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