Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 94–95 | Cite as

Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in cats in maiduguri, northeastern nigeria

  • Joshua Kamani
  • Aliyu U. Mani
  • Hussaini A. Kumshe
  • James P. Yidawi
  • Godwin O. Egwu
Research Note

Abstract

Cats play an important role in the spread of Toxoplasma gondii because they are the only animals that excrete resistant oocysts into the environment. Prevalence of T. gondii antibodies in cats in Maiduguri, Northeastern Nigeria was determined using the latex agglutination test (LAT). Thirty eight cats (36.2%) were seropositive using a cut off point of 1:64 with antibody titer ranging from 1:64 to 1:1024. Seroprevalence was higher in older animals and stray cats. Age and ownership status of cats were identified as risk factors but not gender or area of capture.

Keywords

Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence latex agglutination test cats Nigeria 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua Kamani
    • 1
  • Aliyu U. Mani
    • 2
  • Hussaini A. Kumshe
    • 2
  • James P. Yidawi
    • 3
  • Godwin O. Egwu
    • 2
  1. 1.Parasitology DivisionNVRI PMB 01 VomPlateau StateNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of MaiduguriBorno StateNigeria
  3. 3.Mohamet Lawan College of AgricultureBorno StateNigeria

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