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Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in slaughtered horses and donkeys in Liaoning province, northeastern China.
Parasit Vectors. 2013 May 16; 6:140.PV

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Toxoplasma gondii is an important zoonotic pathogen infecting humans and almost all warm-blooded animals. The most common sources of human infection are ingestion of tissue cysts in raw or undercooked meat. However, limited information is available about T. gondii infection in horses and donkeys in China. In the present study, we report the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in horses and donkeys in Liaoning province, northeastern China.

METHODS

Serum samples were collected from 711 and 738 slaughtered horses and donkeys, respectively, in 13 regions of Liaoning province. The modified agglutination test (MAT) was used to test the specific antibodies to T. gondii.

RESULTS

In this study, 178 of 711 (25.0%) horses were seropositive for T. gondii with titers of 1:25 in 81, 1:50 in 62, 1:100 in 33, and 1:200 in 2, and seroprevalence of T. gondii infection from 13 regions ranged from 8.2% to 37.0%. Antibodies to T. gondii were found in 174 of 738 (23.6%) donkeys with titers of 1:25 in 66, 1:50 in 54, 1:100 in 49, and 1:200 in 5, and seroprevalence varied in 13 different regions, ranging from 9.1% to 32.6%.

CONCLUSIONS

The results of the present study indicated that the rate of infection with T. gondii in horses and donkeys is a little high in Liaoning province, northeastern China in comparison to other surveys in China, which suggests that consumption of horse and donkey meat in this area may represent a potential source for human infection with T. gondii.

Authors+Show Affiliations

College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, Liaoning Province 110866, China.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23680297

Citation

Yang, Na, et al. "Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma Gondii in Slaughtered Horses and Donkeys in Liaoning Province, Northeastern China." Parasites & Vectors, vol. 6, 2013, p. 140.
Yang N, Mu MY, Yuan GM, et al. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in slaughtered horses and donkeys in Liaoning province, northeastern China. Parasit Vectors. 2013;6:140.
Yang, N., Mu, M. Y., Yuan, G. M., Zhang, G. X., Li, H. K., & He, J. B. (2013). Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in slaughtered horses and donkeys in Liaoning province, northeastern China. Parasites & Vectors, 6, 140. https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-3305-6-140
Yang N, et al. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma Gondii in Slaughtered Horses and Donkeys in Liaoning Province, Northeastern China. Parasit Vectors. 2013 May 16;6:140. PubMed PMID: 23680297.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in slaughtered horses and donkeys in Liaoning province, northeastern China. AU - Yang,Na, AU - Mu,Ming-Yang, AU - Yuan,Gao-Ming, AU - Zhang,Guo-xin, AU - Li,Hong-Kui, AU - He,Jian-Bin, Y1 - 2013/05/16/ PY - 2013/04/22/received PY - 2013/05/11/accepted PY - 2013/5/18/entrez PY - 2013/5/18/pubmed PY - 2013/9/24/medline SP - 140 EP - 140 JF - Parasites & vectors JO - Parasit Vectors VL - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii is an important zoonotic pathogen infecting humans and almost all warm-blooded animals. The most common sources of human infection are ingestion of tissue cysts in raw or undercooked meat. However, limited information is available about T. gondii infection in horses and donkeys in China. In the present study, we report the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in horses and donkeys in Liaoning province, northeastern China. METHODS: Serum samples were collected from 711 and 738 slaughtered horses and donkeys, respectively, in 13 regions of Liaoning province. The modified agglutination test (MAT) was used to test the specific antibodies to T. gondii. RESULTS: In this study, 178 of 711 (25.0%) horses were seropositive for T. gondii with titers of 1:25 in 81, 1:50 in 62, 1:100 in 33, and 1:200 in 2, and seroprevalence of T. gondii infection from 13 regions ranged from 8.2% to 37.0%. Antibodies to T. gondii were found in 174 of 738 (23.6%) donkeys with titers of 1:25 in 66, 1:50 in 54, 1:100 in 49, and 1:200 in 5, and seroprevalence varied in 13 different regions, ranging from 9.1% to 32.6%. CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present study indicated that the rate of infection with T. gondii in horses and donkeys is a little high in Liaoning province, northeastern China in comparison to other surveys in China, which suggests that consumption of horse and donkey meat in this area may represent a potential source for human infection with T. gondii. SN - 1756-3305 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23680297/Seroprevalence_of_Toxoplasma_gondii_in_slaughtered_horses_and_donkeys_in_Liaoning_province_northeastern_China_ L2 - https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1756-3305-6-140 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -