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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2016, Vol. 43 Issue (3): 384-387    DOI: 10.12891/ceog2100.2016
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Seroepidemiological investigation of Toxocara canis in a female Greek pregnant population in the area of Athens
V. Papavasilopoulos1, *(), G. Bonatsos2, I. Elefsiniotis2, C. Birbas3, P. Panagopoulos3, E. Trakakis3
1National School of Public Health, Athens
2School of Obstetrics and Nursing, University of Athens, Athens
3Third Department of Gynecology, University of Athens, Athens (Greece)
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Abstract  
The purpose of this study was to investigate the of areas where the soil is contaminated by Toxocara ova and also to assess seroepidemiological positivity in a Greek pregnant women population (ELISA IgG test). Materials and Methods: The authors carried out an examination of soil samples collected from different areas of Athens and Piraeus (Kazakos method). Blood serum was only collected from pregnant women living and conducting activities in places close to the places where the soil sample’s were collected for at least a decade (ELISA IgG assay). Results: The authors suggest a correlation between the positive response in the ELISA assay IgG antibodies and the activities of people where soil was contaminated by Toxocara eggs. In conclusion, the prevalence of Toxocara canis infection in a population of Greek pregnant women was found to be a rate of 17.16% and the soil contamination rate of 17.08%.
Key words:  Toxocara canis      Greek population      Pregnant women     
Published:  10 June 2016     
*Corresponding Author(s):  V. PAPAVASILOPOULOS     E-mail:  panpapavas@yahoo.gr

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V. Papavasilopoulos, G. Bonatsos, I. Elefsiniotis, C. Birbas, P. Panagopoulos, E. Trakakis. Seroepidemiological investigation of Toxocara canis in a female Greek pregnant population in the area of Athens. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2016, 43(3): 384-387.

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