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Title: Sparrows (Passer domesticus L.) as intermediary hosts of Toxoplasma gondii in poultry farms from the "agreste" region of Pernambuco, Brazil
Other Titles: Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira
Authors: Vilela, Sineide M. O.
Silva, José S. .
Pinheiro Junior, José Wilton
Moraes, Érica P. B. X.
Saukas, Tomoe N.
Gondim, Luis Fernando Pita
Mota, Rinaldo Aparecido
Keywords: Epidemiology;diagnosis;toxoplasmosis;Epidemiologia;diagnóstico;toxoplasmose
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira
Abstract: This paper aimed to identify Toxoplasma gondii infection in house sparrows (Passer domesticus, Linneaus 1758) coming from poultry farms in the "agreste" region of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. 151 sparrows (Passer domesticus) captured in eight broiler, egg layer and commercial laying poultry farms, were used. Indirect hemagglutination test was used to research anti-T. gondii antibodies. Animals that presented titration of 1:16 were destined to DNA research through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique, followed by Nested-PCR. It was observed that, from 151 analyzed samples. 91 (60.3%) were reagents and 60 (39.7%) were not reagents. It was verified, through analysis of the distribution of infected animals frequency per farm, that in only one farm (12.5%) no animal reagent to T. gondii was captured. It was also observed that three (30.00%) of the ten samples destined to DNA research for T. gondii were positive to PCR and four (40.00%) were positive to Nested-PCR. Anti-T gondii antibodies occurrence and the molecular identification of the agent confirmed natural T. gondii infection in sparrows from poultry farms in Brazil. Other studies must be carried out to highlight the real importance of these animals in the epidemiological chain and their efficiency in the transmission of the parasite to felines. Therefore, researches that use parasite isolation and molecular techniques to determine genomic profile of the agent present in these poultry farms are needed.
URI: http://www.repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/3803
ISSN: 0100-736X
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