Identification of antibodies against Toxocara canis among the members of community X

  • Giedrė Jarienė
  • Loreta Dunderienė
  • Rugilė Antanavičiūtė
  • Asta Aleksandravičienė
Keywords: Toxocara canis, antibodies, lifestyle habits


The study aimed to determine the prevalence of toxocariasis among the members of community X with and without dogs and its association with lifestyle factors. The sample size was 88 individuals: 44 who owned dogs and 44 who did not. The ages of the subjects ranged from 18 to 72 years. The prevalence of toxocariasis in community X was 12.5%, with 11 of the 88 individuals having IgG antibodies against Toxocara canis. Factors such as outdoor and indoor dog ownership were statistically significantly associated with the prevalence of toxocariasis (p < 0.05). The prevalence of toxocariasis was observed in different age groups. The youngest person to have antibodies against toxocariasis was 20 years old, while the oldest was 68 years old. The highest percentage of infected people was observed in the age group of 62–72 years.