The main problems facing children and their sandboxes comes from
dogs and cats who find the sandbox a convenient place to defecacte. The
bigger problem is most likely cats. They can leave oocyts of _Toxoplasma
gondii_, and eggs of _Toxocara cati_ and all the cat tapeworms. Dogs
will leave hookworm eggs (causing cutaneous larva migrans), _Toxocara
canis_ eggs (causing visceral larva migrans), and possibly
_Strongyloides_ larvae. Thus, it is best to keep all pets away from the
sandbox because the toddler aged child who would typically play in a
sandbox is also likely to transmit these hand-to-mouth adapted organisms.
Best Wishes for the project.
On 27 Apr 1995 DARBEN at redash.qut.edu.au wrote:
>> Sometime last year, a person wrote to this group requesting info on
> parasites from children's sandpits. Having conveniently forgotten any
> subsequent discussion, I am now confronted with helping a student who is
> undertaking such a project. The project is for a public health course and so is
> relatively simple, with a strong public education bias. I can help her
> with basic parasitology - identification, concentration techniques,
> literature searches, etc, but I would greatly appreciate any advice
> anyone could give me - no piece of info too small or trivial
>> Thanks to all who can help
>> Peter Darben
> School of Life Science
> Queensland University of Technology
> Brisbane, Oz.
>> "Still making the world safe from pigworms"