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Toxoplasma gondii and ovine toxoplasmosis: new aspects of an old story.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17686585     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ovine toxoplasmosis, caused by the intracellular protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, was first described in 1954 and while the incidence of ovine infection is difficult to define, it has been reported that in the UK it is responsible for between 1 and 2% of neonatal losses per annum. Recent reports have suggested that sheep persistently infected with T. gondii may pass infection to the fetus in subsequent pregnancies more readily than previously thought. These data show a high proportion of both successful and failed pregnancies in sheep to be positive by PCR for T. gondii with a tendency for samples from certain genetic lines of Charollais sheep more likely to be positive than samples from other lines, suggesting that some sheep have a particular genetic susceptibility to T. gondii.
David Buxton; Stephen W Maley; Steve E Wright; Susan Rodger; Paul Bartley; Elisabeth A Innes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2007-08-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary parasitology     Volume:  149     ISSN:  0304-4017     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Parasitol.     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-18     Completed Date:  2008-11-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7602745     Medline TA:  Vet Parasitol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Veterinary / parasitology
Europe / epidemiology
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic / veterinary
Sheep Diseases* / epidemiology,  parasitology,  transmission
Toxoplasma / pathogenicity,  physiology*
Toxoplasmosis, Animal* / epidemiology,  transmission

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