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Evidence of Toxoplasma gondii in rodents from Bangladesh

Evidence of Toxoplasma gondii in rodents from Bangladesh

Kriger, Inge M., Cornelissen, Jan B.W.J., Belmain, Steven R. ORCID: 0000-0002-5590-7545, Shafali, Rokeya Begum and Meerburg, Bastiaan G. (2019) Evidence of Toxoplasma gondii in rodents from Bangladesh. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. ISSN 1530-3667 (Print), 1557-7759 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1089/vbz.2019.2440)

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Abstract

Rodents contribute to the life cycle of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii as an intermediate host and key prey animal of cats, the definitive host. As there is limited scientific knowledge available about the incidence and prevalence of T. gondii in commensal rodents in many Asian countries, we tested rodents from a commercial rice mill and eight local villages in Bangladesh for the presence of T. gondii DNA using rodent brain material preserved in ethanol. Overall, 10 of 296 (3.4%) rodent samples tested positive for Toxoplasma DNA. Our results indicate that rodents present in food production and food storage facilities may carry T. gondii.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bandicota bengalensis, Mus musculus, Rattus rattus, T. gondii, food-borne disease, zoonosis
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Pest Behaviour Research Group
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 12:06
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25496

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