Food Hygiene

Toxoplasma gondii oocyst-specific antibodies and source of infection

Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Oct;16(10):1591-3.

Toxoplasma gondii oocyst-specific antibodies and source of infection.

Munoz-Zanzi CAFry PLesina BHill D.

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, USA. munozzan@umn.edu

Abstract

Infection source can determine cost-effective public health interventions. To quantify risk of acquiring Toxoplasma gondii from environmental sources versus from meat, we examined serum from pregnant women in Chile. Because 43% had oocyst-specific antibodies, we conclude that contaminated meat remains the primary source of infection but that environmental sources also pose substantial risk.

PMID: 20875286 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]Free Article

 

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Written by geraldmoy

February 18, 2011 at 10:48 am