In the time from March 2001 to September 2001 the contamination rate of endoparasites of the dog in public gardens and children's playgrounds was examined in seven cities of the Burgenland (Neusiedl am See, Eisenstadt, Mattersburg, Oberpullendorf, Oberwart, Güssing and Jennersdorf) . In Neusiedl am See 49 canine faecal samples from public parks, 107 soil samples and 21 sand samples, in Eisenstadt 66 canine faecal samples, 121 soil samples and 49 sand samples, in Mattersburg 15 canine faecal samples, 62 soil samples and 6 sand samples, in Oberpullendorf 2 faecal samples, 12 soil samples and 4 sand samples, in Oberwart 5 canine faecal samples, 11 soil samples and 6 sand samples, in Güssing 4 canine faecal samples, 16 soil samples and 8 sand samples and in Jennersdorf 11 soil samples were examined. In Neusiedl am See 16,3 % (16,3% Toxocara canis), in Eisenstadt 7,6 % (6,1 % Toxocara canis), in Mattersburg 6,7 % (6,7 % Toxocara canis), in Oberpullendorf 50 % (1 of 2 samples) and in Oberwart 40 % (2 of 5 samples) of the canine faecal samples were positive. In 1,7 % of the soil samples in Eisenstadt and in 1,6 % of the soil samples in Mattersburg Toxocara-eggs were found. None of the sand samples were positive. The faeces contained the following parasitic objects: Oocysts of Cystoisospora canis and C. ohioensis, eggs of Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina, Trichuris vulpis, Ancylostoma caninum and Capillaria spp. A risk of infection especially for children playing in children's playgrounds is given and preventive measures and education of dog owners is needed.
cities of the Burgenland, public gardens , children's playgrounds, dog, parasitic objects, human pathogenic endoparasites, Toxocara canis