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Parasitol Res. 2008 Aug;103(3):501-5. doi: 10.1007/s00436-008-0990-8. Epub 2008 Jun 7.

Infection of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) with Echinococcus multilocularis during the years 2001-2004 in Poland.

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W StefaƄski Institute of Parasitology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland.


During the period of 2001-2004, 1,514 red foxes from the north and the southeast of Poland were sampled and examined parasitologically for infections with Echinococcus multilocularis. A mean 23.8% were found infected in the whole study area. The highest prevalence (50.0-62.9%) was found in some counties in the northeastern (Warmia-Mazuria) and the southeastern (Carpathian Foothill) part of the country. During the study period, significant differences in the prevalence were found on a regional level. Based on the results obtained to date, the paper presents an overview of the current epidemiological situation of E. multilocularis in the fox population in Poland.

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