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[The incidence of toxoplasmosis among wild vertebrates of Turkmenia (based on serologic data)].

Authors
  • Berdyev, A S
  • Shevkunova, E A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Parazitologiia
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1988
Volume
22
Issue
5
Pages
378–383
Identifiers
PMID: 2976145
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

985 wild small mammals and birds were serologically investigated for toxoplasmosis from 1981 to 1984 in Turkmenia: antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in the indirect hemagglutination and immunofluorescent complement fixation reactions according to Goldwasser and Shepard were found in 247 (25.0%), in 11 of 17 investigated species of mammals and in 13 of 22 species of birds. A sharp rise in the toxoplasmosis infection level of wild mammals was found out serologically for the first time (from 1.2% in autumn, 1982 to 72.6% in spring, 1983) followed by its reduction against the reduction in the number of animals. This must have taken place as a result of heavy toxoplasmosis epizootics in the region of investigations which is frequented by wild and domestic cats.

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