My research project
Assessing food-borne risks of Toxocara infection in support of public health and food quality assurance
Toxocara is a zoonotic round worm parasite, which can cause the human disease toxocariasis. This condition can have severe consequences for people, including neurological disease, internal organ damage, allergic conditions and even blindness.
There are many gaps in our understanding of this parasite's epidemiology, including the role played by food borne transmission. My project will investigate the risks of acquiring Toxocara infection via the food chain, and will investigate how we can intervene to mitigate these risks and protect public health.