Tapeworm infestation may need air attack
Airborne bombing with a veterinary medicine may be necessary to eliminate tapeworm that’s been found among wild animals in Sweden. But experts say the procedure would be costly and there’s no guarantee it would work.
Under an exemption to EU regulations on cross-border trade, Sweden is currently allowed to require de-worming of all animals imported into the country, but the discovery in recent weeks that at least two foxes are infected with the parasitic worm could mean that the rule would be lifted.
The Swedish Board of Agriculture says dropping medicine from airplanes may be the only way to stop the spread of the worms, which have been known to infect humans, usually when they eat berries picked in the wild. Tapeworms can cause serious illness, including liver failure.