Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in common moles (Talpa europaea)

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Abstract

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
Volume56
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Talpa europaea
Toxoplasma
Livestock
Toxoplasma gondii
Latex Fixation Tests
Recreation
Viral Tumor Antigens
Toxoplasmosis
Brain
Netherlands
Ecosystem
Cysts
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
indicator species
livestock
recreation areas
latex agglutination test
brain
Infection
Serum

Keywords

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

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