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Prevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in ostriches (Struthio camelus).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10864266     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Serum samples from 973 ostriches (Struthio camelus) in Canada were examined for antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii by the modified agglutination test incorporating mercaptoethanol and formalin-fixed whole tachyzoites. Twenty-eight (2.9%) of the 973 birds were found to be seropositive for antibodies to T. gondii at titers of 1:25 in 15 birds, 1:50 in 12 birds, and 1:500 in 1 bird. This is the first record of T. gondii exposure in ostriches, and it supports the hypothesis that all avian species are susceptible to Toxoplasma infection. Nevertheless, the results of this study suggest that the risk of acquiring toxoplasmosis from ostriches as a food source is low.
J P Dubey; W B Scandrett; O C Kwok; A A Gajadhar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of parasitology     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0022-3395     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Parasitol.     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-03     Completed Date:  2000-07-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803124     Medline TA:  J Parasitol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  623-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
United States Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Poultry Sciences Institute, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Maryland 20705-2350, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Agglutination Tests / veterinary
Animals, Domestic
Antibodies, Protozoan / blood*
Bird Diseases / epidemiology*
Canada / epidemiology
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Struthioniformes / parasitology*
Toxoplasma / immunology*
Toxoplasmosis, Animal / epidemiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Protozoan

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