• Urban Foxes in London Schools 17 September 2017 | View comments

  • The main concern with having persistent fox activity within a school environment is persistent fouling and urination.

    Toxocara canis is a kind of roundworm (parasitic nematode) that inhabits the intestine of dogs and foxes. The roundworm sheds its eggs via dog / fox faeces and humans can be infected via direct contact or via contaminated soil.

    Domestic pets should be regularly wormed whereas foxes are not. Parasitic worms can sometimes be seen within fox fouling.

    Young children are particularly at risk because they tend to explore the world by mouthing objects and infection with toxocariasis occurs through ingestion of contaminated materials.

    Contamination cannot happen simply through handling pets and their faceces. The eggs must be digested.

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