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J Zoo Wild Med: serolgie evidence of Toxoplasma gondii infection in wild birds and mammals from southeast Brazil.

In this study, serum samples of 53 wild animals from 2 different states from the southeast region of Brazil were analyzed for the presence of anti-Toxoplasma gondii antibodies by the modified agglutination test (MAT), with a cut-off of 1:5 for birds and of 1:25 for mammals. Out of the sampled animals, 27 were birds and 26 were mammals, and from this total, 83% (n = 44) were free-living animals. Antibodies were found in 13 mammals, from which 11 were free-living animals, and in 5 birds, all of which were free-living. In this study, T gondii antibodies were detected in 4 bird species (crested seriema, Cariama cristata; buff-necked ibis, Theristicus caudatus; picazuro pigeon, Patagioenas picazuro', and burrowing owl, Athene cunicularia) and in a giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyld) for the first time.


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Author:Vitaliano, S.N.; Soares, H.S.; de Jesus Pena, H.F.
Publication:Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:3BRAZ
Date:Jun 1, 2014
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