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1 September 2010 Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Captive Wild Mammals and Birds in Brazil
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In this study, serum samples of 203 animals from different locations, from zoos and breeding facilities from the north and northeast regions of Brazil, were analyzed for the presence of anti-Toxoplasma gondii antibodies by the modified agglutination test (MAT) with a cutoff of 1∶25. Of the sampled animals, 184 were adult mammals of both sexes and 19 were birds. Antibodies were found in 61 of 184 mammals, and no association between sex and age of the animals and the presence of T. gondii antibodies was observed (P < 0.05). Anti-T. gondii antibodies were not found in birds. Toxoplasma gondii was detected in Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris) for the first time.

Antonio Humberto Hamad Minervino, Herbert Sousa Soares, Raimundo Alves Barrêto-Júnior, Kedson Alessandri Lobo Neves, Hilda Fátima de Jesus Pena, Enrico Lippi Ortolani, Jitender Prakash Dubey, and Solange Maria Gennari "Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Captive Wild Mammals and Birds in Brazil," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(3), (1 September 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0046.1
Received: 23 March 2010; Published: 1 September 2010
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