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1 August 2006 Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Cats and Pigs From Rural Western Amazon, Brazil
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Antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii were assayed in sera of 63 cats and 80 pigs from 71 farms located at Rondônia State, Western Amazon, Brazil, by the modified agglutination test (MAT) and the indirect immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT). Antibodies (MAT ≥ 1: 25) were found in 55 of 63 cats (87.3%) with titers of 1:25 in 2, 1:50 in 2, 1:100 in 7, 1:200 in 1, 1:400 in 2, 1:800 in 9, 1:1,600 in 6, and 1:3,200 or higher in 26 cats. By IFAT, antibodies were found in 55 cats (87.3%) with titers of 1:25 in 2, 1:50 in 1, 1:100 in 4, 1:200 in 4, 1: 400 in 1, 1:800 in 13, 1:1,600 in 12, and 1:3,200 or higher in 18 cats. In pig sera, by MAT, antibodies were found in 30 of 80 pigs (37.5%) with titers of 1:25 in 2, 1:50 in 3, 1:100 in 2, 1:200 in 8, 1:400 in 3, 1:800 in 5, 1:1,600 in 3, and 1:3,200 or higher in 4 pigs. By using the IFAT (titers ≥ 1:64), antibodies were found in 35 (43.7%) pigs. The ingestion of undercooked tissues of infected pigs can be a source of T. gondii infection for humans and cats. However, the high seroprevalence of T. gondii in cats from the Amazon seems most likely to be indicative of high contamination of the environment by oocysts.

G. T. Cavalcante, D. M. Aguiar, D. Chiebao, J. P. Dubey, V. L A. Ruiz, R. A. Dias, L. M A. Camargo, M. B. Labruna, and S. M. Gennari "Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Cats and Pigs From Rural Western Amazon, Brazil," Journal of Parasitology 92(4), 863-864, (1 August 2006). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-830R.1
Published: 1 August 2006
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