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1 January 2008 Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in Raptors from France
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Little is known about the prevalence or importance of Toxoplasma gondii infections in raptors. Sera from Eurasian Buzzards (Buteo buteo, n=14), Tawny Owls (Strix aluco, n=12), Barn Owls (Tyto alba, n=18), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus, n=1), and Common Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus, n=8) were examined for agglutinating antibodies using the modified agglutination test at 1:25 dilution. Antibodies were not detected in Common Kestrels and the Eurasian Sparrowhawk but were detected in 11 Eurasian Buzzards (79%), six Tawny Owls (50%), and two Barn Owls (11%). Toxoplasma gondii, genotype II, was isolated from the brain of an adult Tawny Owl.

Aubert, Terrier, Dumètre, Barrat, and Villena: Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in Raptors from France
Dominique Aubert, Marie-Eve Terrier, Aurélien Dumètre, Jacques Barrat, and Isabelle Villena "Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in Raptors from France," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(1), 172-173, (1 January 2008).
Received: 25 October 2006; Published: 1 January 2008

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