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1 December 2005 TOXOPLASMA GONDII INFECTIONS IN CHICKENS FROM VENEZUELA: ISOLATION, TISSUE DISTRIBUTION, AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION
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The prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii, in free-ranging chickens is a good indicator of the prevalence of T. gondii oocysts in the soil because chickens feed from the ground. The prevalence of T. gondii in 46 free-range chickens (Gallus domesticus) from Venezuela was determined. Antibodies to T. gondii were assayed by the modified agglutination test (MAT). Antibodies were found in 16 (32%) chickens with titers of 1:5 in 1, 1:10 in 2, 1:40 in 2, 1:80 in 2, 1:160 in 2, 1:320 in 3, 1: 640 in 2, and 1:1,280 or higher in 2. Hearts, pectoral muscles, and brains of 13 chickens with MAT titers of 1:40 or more were bioassayed individually in mice. Tissues of each of 3 chickens with titers of 1:5 or 1:10 were pooled and bioassayed in mice. Tissues from the remaining 30 seronegative chickens were pooled and fed to 1 T. gondii-free cat. Feces of the cat were examined for oocysts; it did not shed oocysts. Toxoplasma gondii was isolated from 12 of 13 chickens with MAT titers of 1:40 or more. Toxoplasma gondii was isolated from pooled tissues of 1 of 2 chickens with titers of 1:10. Eight of these 13 isolates were virulent for mice. Genotyping of 13 of these isolates using the SAG2 locus indicated that 10 were type III, and 3 were type II. Phenotypically and genetically these isolates were different from T. gondii isolates from North America and Brazil. This is the first report of isolation of T. gondii from chickens from Venezuela.
J. P. Dubey, A. Lenhart, C. E. Castillo, L. Alvarez, P. Marcet, C. Sreekumar and T. Lehmann "TOXOPLASMA GONDII INFECTIONS IN CHICKENS FROM VENEZUELA: ISOLATION, TISSUE DISTRIBUTION, AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION," Journal of Parasitology 91(6), (1 December 2005). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-500R.1
Received: 22 October 2004; Accepted: 1 November 2005; Published: 1 December 2005
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