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Dangersous parasite

New case of dwarf tapeworm

Published onsdag 27 april 2011 kl 18.04
So far nearly 2000 culled foxes have been analysed for dwarf tapeworm. Photo: Erik Ågren/Scanpix

Another fox with dwarf tapeworm has been found in Sweden, this time in Södermanland, south-west of Stockholm.

Earlier this year, two foxes in the west of the country were found to have the parasite, which before then was believed not to exist in this country.

According to the Swedish veterinary institute, it is too early to say if the new finding means that the tapeworm now is spread all over the country. The institute is currently analysing thousands of dead foxes as part of a scheme to try to halt the spread of the parasite.

Dog owners who have been out with their dogs in Södermanland are now asked to deworm their pets.

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