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Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Ireland as hosts for parasites of potential zoonotic and veterinary significance
  1. A. Wolfe, BSc1,
  2. S. Hogan, SLT1,
  3. D. Maguire, AIMLS1,
  4. C. Fitzpatrick, BSc, MSc1,
  5. G. Mulcahy, PhD, MVB, MRCVS1,
  6. L. Vaughan, PhD, MVB, MRCVS, DBr2,
  7. D. Wall, BA3 and
  8. T.J. Hayden, BSc, PhD3


  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology
  2. 2 Department of Large Animal Clinical Studies
  3. 3 Department of Zoology, National University of Ireland, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  1. Glasgow University Veterinary School, Bearsden Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH


Intestinal washes, faecal flotations and serological examinations for antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum were used to assess the prevalence of parasites in carcases of foxes killed on roads or shot in the Dublin area and surrounding counties. The ascarids Uncinaria stenocephala and Toxocara canis were prevalent, as was the trematode Alaria alata. Taenia species, eggs of Capillaria species and sporocysts of Sarcocystis species were also found. Only one fox out of 70 examined was seropositive for N caninum, whereas 24 of 51 were seropositive for Tgondii.

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