More material from foxes are being examined to see if the infection has spread.Photo:Ludvig Ahl/Scanpix

Dwarf tapeworm may have come from smuggled dog

"It may have come from a smuggled dog"
8:14 min

Sweden's first ever case of dwarf tapeworm, found in a fox in south west Sweden earlier this week may have come from a dog smuggled into Sweden from Eastern Europe. That's the view of vet Dan Christensson from the National Veterinary Institute who's currently examining the bodies of a number of foxes taken from the infected area to see if the worm has spread.

"We have sampled 300 foxes annually for the last ten years just to look for these dwarf tapeworms because we have been aware of the possibility that the worm would migrate into Sweden after it was found in northern Denmark in 2000," the veterinary expert told Radio Sweden.

He said that the best guess of how Sweden has its first case of dwarf tapeworm is that it either "that it could have been from an infected dog brought in by a tourist or from a dog smuggled into Sweden."

The tapeworm could attach itself to plant and vegetation in the forest and attach itself to dogs and the Institute is warning dog owners in the infected area to deworm their dogs once a month as a precaution. 


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