Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 334–336 | Cite as

Occurrence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in water buffaloes and meat cattle in Rio Grande do Sul State, southern Brazil

  • Laura M. J. de F. Santos
  • Maria Cecília F. Damé
  • Beatris G. Cademartori
  • Nilton A. da Cunha Filho
  • Nara Amélia da R. Farias
  • Jerônimo L. Ruas
Original Paper


Serum samples from 169 water buffaloes and 121 beef cattle were analyzed for antibodies to T. gondii by an indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT). Positive results were obtained in 27.2% of water buffaloes and 17.4% of cattle. Statistical analysis indicated significant differences between the prevalence in cattle and buffalo (p ≤ 0.05). The highest titres found in positive animals were 1:256 (buffaloes) and 1:64 (cattle). In both bovine species, toxoplasmosis frequency in young animals (less than 2 years old) was lower compared to older individuals, although the differences seen in cattle were not statistically significant.


Bubalus bubalis water buffaloes toxoplasmosis cattle felids 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura M. J. de F. Santos
    • 1
  • Maria Cecília F. Damé
    • 2
  • Beatris G. Cademartori
    • 1
  • Nilton A. da Cunha Filho
    • 3
  • Nara Amélia da R. Farias
    • 1
  • Jerônimo L. Ruas
    • 4
  1. 1.Microbiology and Parasitology Department, Institute of BiologyFederal University of PelotasPelotasBrazil
  2. 2.Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation-Embrapa Temperate Agriculture-Pelotas/RSPelotasBrazil
  3. 3.Postgraduate Program in VeterinaryFederal University of PelotasPelotasBrazil
  4. 4.Regional Veterinary Diagnosis Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineFederal University of PelotasPelotasBrazil

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