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Man's best friend not to be kissed

Published tisdag 15 februari 2011 kl 19.25
Not to be advised! Photo:Jeff Christensen/Scanpix

Sweden's thousands of dog owners are today being warned to be on their guard against the deadly dwarf tapeworm which according to the country's National Veterinary Institute has reached Sweden.

The parasite, which can damage the human liver, has been found in one of 300 foxes tested by the Institute. The fox was found in the west of the country, near Gothenburg.

The problem for dog owners is that the eggs of the tapeworm can end up on berries and mushrooms in the woods via the fox.

The Veterinary Institute is now advising dog owners not to kiss their pets and to wash their hands on a regular basis.

While it carries out its' research, the Institute is asking dog owners in the areas of Uddevalla, Färgelanda, Munkedal and Vänersborg to de-worm their dogs as a precaution.

Animals can pass on the parasite to humans without themselves becoming sick.

12 foxes have been shot north of Uddevalla where the first case was discovered and are currently being examined.

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