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Parasite. 2016;23:53. Epub 2016 Nov 24.

Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection and risk factors in domestic sheep in Henan province, central China.

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1
School of Basic Medical Sciences, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, PR China - Xinxiang Assegal Medical Examination Institute, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, PR China.
2
School of Basic Medical Sciences, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, PR China.
3
Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, PR China.
4
The Fourth Clinical College, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, PR China.

Abstract

Sheep are highly susceptible to infections with Toxoplasma gondii and play a major role in the transmission of toxoplasmosis to humans. In the present study, 779 serum samples from sheep were collected from Henan province, central China from March 2015 to May 2016, and antibodies to T. gondii were detected by modified agglutination test (MAT). The overall seroprevalence of T. gondii in sheep was 12.71% (99/779). The risk factors significantly associated with T. gondii seroprevalence were the geographical origin, age, presence of cats, and the rearing system. This is the first report of T. gondii infection in sheep in Henan province, central China, and of an association of seropositivity to T. gondii with risk factors.

PMID:
27882868
PMCID:
PMC5134671
DOI:
10.1051/parasite/2016064
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