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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1979 Jun 1;174(11):1208-10.

Studies on flotation techniques for the recovery of helminth eggs from soil and the prevalence of eggs of Toxocara spp in some Kansas public places.


A technique for extracting Toxocara spp eggs from soil had a recovery efficiency ranging from 53% to 68%. Using the technique, 50 of 232 (22%) soil samples from city and university properties were found to be contaminated with eggs of Toxocara spp. Of 50 samples from highway rest areas, 8 (16%) were contaminated. From a public health standpoint, it was particularly noteworthy that 9 of 23 (39%) samples from sandboxes in student family quarters were contaminated with Toxocara spp eggs.

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