Acta bioquímica clínica latinoamericana
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RADMAN, Nilda Ester et al. Toxocara canis in dogs: Prevalence in the city of La Plata. Acta bioquím. clín. latinoam. [online]. 2006, vol.40, n.1, pp. 41-44. ISSN 1851-6114.
Toxocara canis is an intestinal parasite, which is very common in dogs and which produces diverse lesions and symptoms. In humans, Toxocara canis is the causal agent of syndromes of varied seriousness such as: visceral larva migrans, ocular larva migrans, neurological toxocarosis and covert toxocarosis. The aim of this work was to determine the prevalence of Toxocara canis in dogs , with or without owners in the city of La Plata. Two-hundred and fifty dogs were examined: 105 males and 93 females up to 1 year old, and 52 adult females. The diagnostic technique performed on the faeces was the Fulleborn method. Forty-two percent 42% of the samples were positive for Toxocara canis eggs. Positivity as regards age and sex: up to 1-year-old group 41 females and 47 males, 17 adult females. Distribution of positivity as regards ownership: 64 ownerless animals and 41 animals with owners. The ownerless dog population of the city of La Plata showed to be more infected than the group with owners.Nevertheless,in the latter, there was also a high percentage of positivity (32,8%).
Palabras clave : Toxocara canis; toxocarosis; canines; prevalence study.