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1 April 2001 Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Barren-Ground Caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) From the Canadian Arctic
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Prevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii was determined in 147 barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) from 5 herds in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, northern Canada, by the modified agglutination test (MAT). In the mainland herds (Bluenose, Bathurst, and Beverly), antibodies were found in 43 (37%) of 117 caribou, and MAT titers were 1:25 in 10, 1:50 in 24, and 1:500 in 9. In the island herds, only 1 (4.3%) of 23 animals sampled from the North Baffin Island herd was positive (titer = 1:25) and no antibodies were detected in 7 caribou from the Dolphin and Union herd. The high prevalence of antibodies to T. gondii in the mainland caribou herds indicates that caribou meat may contain viable T. gondii.

S. J. Kutz, B. T. Elkin, D. Panayi, and J. P. Dubey "Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Barren-Ground Caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) From the Canadian Arctic," Journal of Parasitology 87(2), (1 April 2001). https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2001)087[0439:POTGAI]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 April 2001
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