Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in common moles (Talpa europaea)

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Background: The prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in common moles, Talpa europaea, was investigated in order to determine whether moles can serve as an indicator species for T. gondii infections in livestock. Findings: In total, 86 moles were caught from 25 different sites in the Netherlands. Five different trapping habitats were distinguished: pasture, garden, forest, roadside, and recreation area. No positive samples (brain cysts) were found during microscopic detection (n¿=¿70). Using the Latex Agglutination Test (LAT), sera of 70 moles were examined, whereby no sample reacted with T. gondii antigen. Real Time-PCR tests on brain tissue showed 2 positive samples (2.3%). Conclusions: Because of the low number of positives in our study, the use of the common mole as an indicator species for livestock infections is currently not recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalActa Veterinaria Scandinavica
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • brain-tissue
  • costa-rica
  • oocysts
  • cysts
  • farms
  • hosts
  • pcr

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