Korean J Parasitol.  2011 Jun;49(2):181-182. 10.3347/kjp.2011.49.2.181.

Prevalence of Toxocara canis in Dogs, North West Bank of Palestine

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  • 1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, An Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. rateba2003@yahoo.com

Abstract

This study was performed to investigate the prevalence of Toxocara canis in local districts in North West Bank of Palestine. Fecal samples from 132 dogs were collected in Nablus, Tulkarm, and Jenin cities from September 2008 to April 2009 and examined for T. canis eggs with the floating technique. The overall infection rate of toxocariasis in dogs was 36.4%. The dogs less than 6 months old showed higher infection rates than those older than 12 months (P=0.04). Vigorous interventions are necessary, such as routine coprological examinations of dogs and prescription of anthelmintics to infected dogs.

Keyword

Toxocara canis; dogs; prevalence; Palestine

MeSH Terms

Age Distribution
Animals
Dog Diseases/*parasitology
Dogs
Feces/parasitology
Middle East/epidemiology
Prevalence
Toxocara canis/*isolation & purification
Toxocariasis/*parasitology
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