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Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection in stray and household cats in regions of Seoul, Korea.

Authors
  • Lee, Sang-Eun
  • Kim, Jae-Yeong
  • Kim, Yun-Ah
  • Cho, Shin-Hyeong
  • Ahn, Hye-Jin
  • Woo, Heung-Myong
  • Lee, Won-Ja
  • Nam, Ho-Woo
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Korean journal of parasitology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2010
Volume
48
Issue
3
Pages
267–270
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3347/kjp.2010.48.3.267
PMID: 20877509
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The principal objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of toxoplasmosis in household and stray cats in Seoul, Republic of Korea. We collected blood samples from 72 stray and 80 household cats, and all samples were examined by ELISA and nested PCR. The overall positive rates of Toxoplasma gondii in stray cats were 38.9% (28/72), with 15.3% (11/72) in ELISA and 30.6% (22/72) in PCR. The positive rate in male stray cats was slightly higher than that of female stray cats. The highest positive rate of T. gondii infection was noted in Gangnam and Songpa populations in ELISA and in Gwangjin population in PCR. In household cats, however, we could not detect any specific antibodies or DNA for T. gondii. In conclusion, we recognized that the infection rate of toxoplasmosis in stray cats in Seoul was considerably high but household cats were free from infection.

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