Toxoplasma gondii infection in Brazilian domestic outpatient cats

Sílvia Regina Ricci LUCAS, Mitika Kuribayashi HAGIWARA, Valéria de Souza LOUREIRO, Júlia Yuzuki Habu IKESAKI, Eduardo Harry BIRGEL
1999 Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo  
The occurrence of Toxoplasma antibodies in domestic outpatient cats in the city of São Paulo was evaluated using the indirect immunofluorescence assay. A total of 248 blood samples obtained from male and female cats seen at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of São Paulo between February 1996 and January 1997 were tested. Of these, 17.7% were positive, with a 64 titer being detected in most animals. The frequence of Toxoplasma antibodies was significantly higher in older cats,
more » ... er in older cats, those fed raw meat and those with free access to the outdoor environment. There was no significant difference in reactivity between males and females. We conclude that diet and free access to the outdoor environment were equally important as predisposing factors to the risk of Toxoplasma infection.
doi:10.1590/s0036-46651999000400003 pmid:10564914 fatcat:cw6z6stsazeajovf32nocezkwe