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Prevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in the sera of rare wildlife in the Shanghai Zoological Garden, People's Republic of China.

Authors
  • Zhang, S Y1
  • Wei, M X
  • Zhou, Z Y
  • Yu, J Y
  • Shi, X Q
  • 1 Parasitic Diseases Department, Shanghai Municipal Center for Diseases Prevention and Control, Shanghai 200031, PR China. [email protected] , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Parasitology international
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2000
Volume
49
Issue
2
Pages
171–174
Identifiers
PMID: 10882907
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The prevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in the sera of rare wildlife in the Shanghai Zoological Garden, PR China, was examined using a modified agglutination test (MAT) and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Forty-one (35%) of 117 animals belonging to two classes, 10 orders, 18 families, 37 genera and 52 species (including sub-species) were sero-positive for MAT. By MAT, T. gondii antibodies were found in 11.1% (4/36) of birds, in 25% (4/16) of primates, in 69.4% (25/36) of carnivores and in 27.6% (8/29) of herbivores. Thirty-three (33.7%) of 98 animals tested by protein A ELISA were sero-positive. By ELISA, T. gondii antibodies were found in none of 36 birds, in 33.3% (4/12) of primates, in 87.1% (27/31) of carnivores and in 10.5% (2/19) of herbivores.

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