Exposure to larva migrans syndromes in squares and public parks of cities in Chile

Mercado R.; Castillo, D.; Muñoz, V; Schenone, H; Ueta M.T.

Keywords: chile, distribution, animals, infection, transmission, exposure, diagnosis, risk, disease, humans, human, parasite, dogs, health, egg, centrifugation, larva, ancylostoma, article, feces, visceral, dog, analysis, helminths, environmental, facilities, assessment, canis, laboratory, controlled, public, hazard, study, count, nonhuman, syndrome, geographic, national, migrans, Toxocara, Strongyloides, stercoralis, Park


Between November 2001 and December 2002, 600 dog fecal samples were collected in main squares and public parks of 13 cities in Chile, from the extreme north to the extreme south of the country. The samples were processed in the laboratory by centrifugal sedimentation and the Harada-Mori methods. T. canis eggs were found in 12 cities. Detection rates ranged from 1.9 to 12.5% with an average of 5.2%. Seven percent of the samples had eggs and 9.5% had rhabditoid and/or filariform larvae of Ancylostomatidae. Strongyloides stercoralis were not found. Squares and public parks in Chile pose a potential risk of exposure to visceral, ocular, and/or cutaneous larva migrans syndromes.

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Título según SCOPUS: Exposure to larva migrans syndromes in squares and public parks of cities in Chile
Título de la Revista: REVISTA DE SAUDE PUBLICA
Volumen: 38
Número: 5
Fecha de publicación: 2004
Página de inicio: 729
Página final: 731
Idioma: English
URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-11344263097&partnerID=q2rCbXpz