Toxocara Species of Carnivores
Greek: toxon = arch, bow; kara = head. Latin: canis = dog.
Worldwide, high prevalence rates occur especially in breeds of cats and dogs. Young dogs showed infection rates of up to 80 %, young foxes up to 70 %, while 10 % of older dogs (in towns) were important as permanent egg distributors close to playgrounds. Cats in households and in breeding institutions showed prevalence rates of 40–70 % and thus are also important contaminators of playgrounds in towns or in private gardens.
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