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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 182-188
DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2012.182.188
Toxoplasmosis in Sheep from Kurdistan Province, Iran
M. Khezri, B. Mohammadian, K. Esmailnia and O. Khezri

Abstract:
Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic zoonosis in Iran. The causative agent, Toxoplasma gondii, uses a wide range of warm-blooded intermediate hosts in its life cycle, including sheep. Sheep is an important domestic animal in the Kurdistan province of Iran due to its minimal rearing and maintenance costs and production of meat, milk and wool. This study was conducted on the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in sheep from different regions of Kurdistan province between December 2008 and September 2009 and analyzed the main risk factors associated with the infection. Sera from 368 sheep were examined for anti T. gondii IgG antibodies by indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA test. According to the results, the seropositive rates of sheep were 21.74%. Though, the southern with 44% and western with 13.25% had the highest and lowest infection rates, respectively; the differences between geographical locations were statistically significant (p<0.05). Although, the specific antibodies were detected in 20.87% of males and 22.13% of female's sheep but there were no significant differences between two genders. On the other hand, no significant differences were observed between age groups. These results indicate that the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in sheep is relatively high.
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How to cite this article:

M. Khezri, B. Mohammadian, K. Esmailnia and O. Khezri, 2012. Toxoplasmosis in Sheep from Kurdistan Province, Iran. Asian Journal of Animal Sciences, 6: 182-188.

DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2012.182.188

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajas.2012.182.188

 
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