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The prevalence of toxocara eggs in the sand in childrens playgrounds in frankfurt am main west germany


Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology 78(6): 633-636
The prevalence of toxocara eggs in the sand in childrens playgrounds in frankfurt am main west germany
During an investigation of 31 sandpits in children's playgrounds in and around Frankfurt/Main [West Germany]. Toxocara eggs were detected in 27. The prevalence in areas with few or no parks average 14.8 eggs 100/g sand was much higher than in districts where there was more room for the dogs to run about 5.3 eggs/100 g sand. Larval development was complete in 40% of isolated Toxocara eggs after 4 wk. The importance of these findings in connection with the risk, to children playing, of a possible infection larva migrans visceralis and preventive measures are discussed.


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