A professor at the University of Guelph will begin a study looking at the introduction of the fox tapeworm to Canada and in particular, where it is living in Ontario.
Dr. Andrew Peregrine says this study will require a partnership with those who spend the most time in the outdoors.
The parasite is transmitted to dogs when they eat the infected feces of a fox or coyote and can then be spread to humans. So far, only one case has been reported in Guelph. A dog was diagnosed last summer. No human cases have been recorded.