The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2010 , Vol 52 , Num 2
Visceral Larva Migrans Among Children in Kütahya (Turkey) and an Evaluation of Playgrounds for T. canis Eggs
Department of Parasitology, Dumlupınar University Faculty of Medicine, Kütahya, Turkey This research was undertaken to determine the seroprevalence of Toxocara canis (T. canis) in children aged 3-13 years in Kütahya, to determine the presence of infected larvae in playground sandboxes, and to obtain a view of the general situation regarding visceral larva migrans (VLM) in the city. The blood sera of 119 children (54 girls, 65 boys) were tested for T. canis IgG, and 9 (7.6%) were found positive. In sand samples collected from playgrounds in nine different residential areas across the city, only two of them, in Inköy and Zafertepe neighborhoods, had T. canis larvae; in total, 3 of the 30 sand samples (10%) contained larvae. It is concluded that the main factor regarding VLM infection in children is outdoor playgrounds or playing areas. Keywords : visceral larva migrans, Toxocara canis, parasite, children.
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