The prevalence of Trichinella sp. in arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) from Svalbard was studied from 1983 to 1989. Diaphragms of 697 foxes were examined for larvae; 59 foxes (8.5%) were infected. The prevalence of Trichinella sp. increased from 4% in juveniles to 36% in foxes aged more than 6 years of age. There were no significant correlations when condition and body weight each were correlated to the occurrence and number of larvae of Trichinella sp. More foxes were infected in the northern than in the central part of Svalbard. There were only minor differences in prevalence among years.
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