1984 Volume 33 Issue 3 Pages 291-295
The mode of larval migration (visceral larva migrans) in Toxocara canis infection was compred for BALB/c, C57BL/6, C3H/He, DBA/2, NC and BALB/c nude mice following oral infection with 400 eggs. The mean recovery of larvae from the liver on day 2 post infection (PI) was not different in terms of the strain, age or sex of the mice. The number of larvae recoverd from the liver decreased in all strains on days 6, 12 and 21 PI, but the mean for BALB/c and (NC X BALB/ c) F1 mice was significantly higher than that for C567BL/6, NC and BALB/c nude mice, unless the total number of larvae in the carcasses on day 21 PI was the same among those strains including athymic nude mice. The mean recovery of larvae from the liver on day 6 PI increased with age in both NC and BALB/c mice, although no sex difference was observed. From these results, it is emphasized that the age and strain of animals should be properly selected for animal experimentation with T. canis infection.