Serological evaluation of Toxoplasma gondii in swine using the ELISA test

Francisco Suárez, Heitor Andrade, Andrés Galisteo

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Abstract

© 1999 Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. All rights reserved. The present research, carried out in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was designed to determine the frequency of Toxoplasma gondii infection in swine destined for human consumption. Serum samples (n=303) were collected from a slaughterhouse and analyzed by ELISA test. The frequency of positive sera was 9.57% (0.270 cut off) with a 95% confidence interval (6.26-12.88% ). Although sorne difference in the incidence of positive sera was found in female (10.31 %) and male (9.22%) pigs, it was not statistically significant (P > 0,05). These results show that pig meat consumption may be an important source of Toxoplasma gondii infection in humans.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalRevista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

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