Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in llamas from two livestock farms in the Melgar province, Puno

C. Gualberto Marcas, V. Amanda Chávez, A. Eva Casas, C. Wilber García, P. Néstor Falcón

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Abstract

© 2004 Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. All rights reserved. The aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in female llamas from two farms located in the Melgar province, Puno. A total of 284 blood samples were tested using the indirect immunofluorescence test (IFAT) to detect antibodies against T. gondii. The results showed that 47.5 + 5.8% (135/284) of the samples had antibodies and they increased with age. The seroprevalence from birth till 2 years, 2-4 years, >4-6 years, and>6 years was 33.8 ± 11.0, 51.2 ± 10.8, 56.8 ± 14.6, and 50.6 ± 10.5%, respectively. There were significant differences (p<0.05) in the frecuency of female reactors between farms. Age and farm variables were considered as risk factors for the infection with Toxoplasma gondii (p<0.0001).
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalRevista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

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