Contamination of children's playground sandpits, with Toxocara eggs in Istanbul, Turkey


Toparlak M. , Gargili A. , Tuzer E. , Keleş V., Esatgil M., Cetinkaya H.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF VETERINARY & ANIMAL SCIENCES, vol.26, no.2, pp.317-320, 2002 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF VETERINARY & ANIMAL SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.317-320

Abstract

In this study conducted in Istanbul, the contamination of sandpits in children's playgrounds with Toxocara eggs was investigated. For this purpose, a total of 132 sand samples were taken from, the sandpits of 63 playgrounds between November 1998 and September 1999. Toxocara eggs were found in 10 (15.9%) of 63 playgrounds. A total of 22 eggs were recovered. The average egg number per 100 g of sand was found to be 0.067 for the overall examined playgrounds and 0.44 (ranging from 0.2 to 1.2) for the contaminated ones.