Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 11, Issue 1,2013
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

A seroprevalance survey of Toxoplasma gondii amongst slaughter cattle in two high throughput abattoirs in the North West Province of South Africa


Rendani V. Ndou *, Nomthandazo M. Maduna, Blessing M. Dzoma, Mathew Nyirenda, Lebogang E. Motsei, Francis R. Bakunzi

Recieved Date: 2012-08-22, Accepted Date: 2013-01-09


Toxoplasmosis has been identified as one of the common opportunistic infection in HIV infected individuals, it can also cause abortion and congenital defects in humans. Since some of the infections are acquired from meat, it becomes essential that the epidemiology of the disease amongst meat producing animals be studied. The objective of the study was to determine the seroprevalence of T. gondii amongst slaughter cattle in the North West Province. Blood samples were randomly collected from 178 slaughter cattle in two high throughput abattoirs. The samples were tested for the presence of T. gondii antibodies using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Seroprevalence ranged from 17.1 to 23.5% (ų= 20.8%) It is recommended that more serological surveys be undertaken for proper policy formulation, and that awareness campaigns be prioritized. 


Slaughter cattle, Toxoplasma gondii, abattoirs

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2013
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 338-339

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