SOROPREVALÊNCIA DA TOXOPLASMOSE EM OVINOS DA RAÇA SANTA INÊS NOS MUNICÍPIOS DA GRANDE VITÓRIA – ES

Graziela Barioni, Pauliana Tesoline, Marcus Alexandre Vaillant Beltrame, Lívia Volpe Pereira, Marcos Vinicius Gumieiro
2009 Ciência Animal Brasileira  
This study investigates anti-Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence in Santa Inês sheep raised in different Greater Vitória municipalities in Espírito Santo State. Blood samples were obtained from 236 sheep raised in six farms in the municipalities of Vila Velha, Guarapari, Serra and Cariacica. The sera were submitted to indirect hemagglutination test (IHA) for detection of anti-T. gondii IgG antibodies. Prevalence of seroconversion was 38,5%. As regards age, seropositivity rates were 5,4% for young
more » ... nimals and 33% for adults. Some factors were identified as having direct influence on the occurrence of toxoplamosis in sheep, such as the presence of cats, roaming of wild animals, and hygiene of premises in which animals are kept.
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