A serological survey of growing pigs from farms throughout Great Britain revealed that antibodies to toxocara and ascaris larval antigens were present in 4.5 per cent and 39.3 per cent respectively. Heavy infection with toxocara occurred only rarely and it is considered that this parasite is unlikely to be an important cause of chronic focal interstitial hepatitis. Antibodies to both nematodes were detected more frequently in heavy hogs than in pigs of lighter weight. Reginal differences in the prevalence of antibodies were also observed.
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