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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
On-line version ISSN 1678-9946
WIWANITKIT, Viroj and WAENLOR, Weerachit. The frequency rate of Toxocara species contamination in soil samples from public yards in a urban area "Payathai", Bangkok, Thailand. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 2004, vol.46, n.2, pp.113-114. ISSN 1678-9946. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46652004000200011.
Toxocara species are most common roundworms of Canidae and Felidae. Human toxocariasis develops by ingesting of embryonated eggs in contaminated soil. There is no previous report of Toxocara contamination in the soil samples from the public areas in Bangkok. For this reason our study have been carried out to examine the frequency of Toxocara eggs in public yards in Bangkok, Thailand. A total of 175 sand and clay samples were collected and examined for parasite eggs. According to this study, Toxocara eggs were detected from 10 (5.71%) of 175 soil samples. The high rate of contamination in this study implies the importance of the control of this possible zoonotic disease: control of abandon of dogs and cats, is still necessary.
Keywords : Toxocara; Soil.