, Volume 103, Issue 3, pp 501-505
Date: 07 Jun 2008

Infection of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) with Echinococcus multilocularis during the years 2001–2004 in Poland

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During the period of 2001–2004, 1,514 red foxes from the north and the southeast of Poland were sampled and examined parasitologically for infections with Echinococcus multilocularis. A mean 23.8% were found infected in the whole study area. The highest prevalence (50.0–62.9%) was found in some counties in the northeastern (Warmia–Mazuria) and the southeastern (Carpathian Foothill) part of the country. During the study period, significant differences in the prevalence were found on a regional level. Based on the results obtained to date, the paper presents an overview of the current epidemiological situation of E. multilocularis in the fox population in Poland.