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1 December 2012 Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Chickens in Jinzhou, Northeastern China
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There is a lack of epidemiological data on Toxoplasma gondii infection in chickens in China. In the present study, serum samples from 160 free-range chickens and 450 caged chickens collected from Jinzhou, northeastern China were examined for T. gondii antibodies using a modified agglutination test (MAT). Antibodies to T. gondii were found in 30 of 160 free-range chickens (18.8%) and in 25 of 450 caged chickens (5.6%), with a significantly higher prevalence in free-range chickens (P < 0.01). In caged chickens, 8 of 100 breeders (8.0%), 15 of 190 layers (7.9%), and 2 of 160 broilers (1.3%) were positive, with the highest prevalence in breeders and layers (P < 0.05). No significant difference was found in comparing free-range chickens and caged chickens from different regions. The results of the present study indicated that infection with T. gondii in chickens, particularly in free-range chickens, is common in Jinzhou and that the meat from the poultry may be an important source for human infection by T. gondii.

Peng Xu, Xingshuai Song, Wei Wang, Fengyang Wang, Lili Cao, and Quan Liu "Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Chickens in Jinzhou, Northeastern China," Journal of Parasitology 98(6), 1300-1301, (1 December 2012).
Published: 1 December 2012

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