Abstract Title:

Saccharomyces boulardii reduces infection intensity of mice with toxocariasis.

Abstract Source:

Vet Parasitol. 2012 Jan 8. Epub 2012 Jan 8. PMID: 22305116

Abstract Author(s):

Luciana Farias da Costa de Avila, Fabricio Rochedo Conceição, Paula de Lima Telmo, Gisele Ferreira Dutra, Diego Gil de Los Santos, Lourdes Helena Rodrigues Martins, Maria Elisabeth Aires Berne, Pedro Eduardo Almeida da Silva, Carlos James Scaini

Article Affiliation:

Post-Graduate Program in Health Sciences - Parasitology Laboratory, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG), Academic Area of the University Hospital - FURG, Brazil.


Several studies have shown the benefit of the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of diseases; however, few of them have investigated the effect of probiotics on parasitosis. In this study, the effect of Saccharomyces boulardii on the intensity of infection of mice with toxocariasis was evaluated. The animals were fed with a diet supplemented with S. boulardii for 15 days before inoculation with Toxocara canis eggs and for 2 or 60 days post-inoculation. S. boulardii promoted a reduction of approximately 36% in the average number of recovered T. canis larvae, suggesting that it can be used as an alternative to help control toxocariasis.

Study Type : Animal Study

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