© 2000 Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. All rights reserved. The incidence of toxoplasmosis in swineherds from Lima, Peru, was evaluated by serological tests utilizing qualitative and quantitative indirect hemagglutination methods. A total of 310 pigs were sampled, including 155 (males n=77 and females n=78) from highly controlled commercial production situations and 155 (males n=73 and females n=82) reared in poor sanitary conditions. Among the animals reared in good sanitary conditions the frequency of toxoplasmosis reactors was 25.16% ( 18.33-31.99% at 95% confidence ), while the animals reared in poor conditions registered 14.84% (9 .24-20.44% at 95% confidence ). There was al so a significant difference (P<0.05) in the frequency of females reactors among the different commercial herds tested, while the poorly maintained herds showed no deviation (P>0.05). Antibody levels were low in virtually ali the pigs tested. This study documents the presence of swine toxoplasmosis in Lima pig farms with the consequent danger to humans of a contarninated meat supply.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Revista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2000|