Serological survey of human Toxoplasma gondii infection in northern and central regions of Iran

pirali kheirabadi, Khodadad. and Tahmasbi, Hossein. and Manouchehri Naeini, Kourosh. and Masoumi-Ghajari, Saeid. (2013) Serological survey of human Toxoplasma gondii infection in northern and central regions of Iran. Biological Journal of Microorganism, 1 (4).


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Introduction: Toxoplasma gondii is an important zoonotic protozoan parasite that can infect man and animals. The pathogen can infect the fetus by congenital transmission during pregnancy. The aim of this study was to investigate T. gondii infection in people referred to health care centers in northern and central regions of Iran. Materials and methods: Serum samples from 712 individuals in Mazandaran, Isfahan and ChaharmahalvaBakhtiari provinces, Iran, were examined for the levels of anti-T. Gondii IgG by ELISA. Prevalence of T. gondii infection in respect of gender and age was analyzed. Results: The overall anti-T. gondii IgG prevalence in the study population was 72.05%. In Mazandaran, Isfahan and ChaharmahalvaBakhtiari provinces,in male population respectively 87.6, 41.46 and 61.81% and in female population respectively 89.31, 47.61 and 64.44% were sero-positive with anti-T. gondii IgG. Sero-prevalance of anti-T.gondii IgG in the females was higher than in the males in the northern and central regions of Iran. Discussion and conclusion:The present study demonstrates high prevalence of Toxoplasma infection in northern and central regions of Iran and a higher prevalence of T. gondii infection was observed in females. Significant difference in infection rate between individuals living in northern and central areas in Iran was found (p <0.05), which indicated that T. gondii infection is dependent on living places. Deeper investigations for the potential risk factors that threat the Iranian populations, especially female are recommended.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Toxoplasma, prevalence, risk factor, infection
Subjects: WC Communicable Diseases > Infection.Bacterial Infections
QX Parasitology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Basic Sciences Academic Groups > Department of Parasitology and Mycology
Depositing User: zahra bagheri .
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2017 07:20
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2018 08:24

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