Oct 16, 2015

Seroprevalence, isolation, first genetic characterization of Toxoplasma gondii, and possible congenital transmission in wild moose from Minnesota, USA

Shiv K. Verma, Michelle Carstensen, Rafael Calero-Bernal, Seth A. Moore, Tiantian Jiang, Chunlei Su, Jitender P. Dubey
Parasitology Research
  • States toxoplasma gondii infections (T. gondii) are widespread in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) but little is known of its prevalence in other cervids (a family including deer, elk, moose, reindeer, etc.) in the USA
  • Reports seroprevalence (number in population testing positive), isolation, and genetic characterization of T. gondii from moose (Alces alces) from Minnesota
  • Finds antibodies against T. gondii were detected in 8 of 79 (10 %) moose tested
  • Detects T. gondii in three moose (two adults and one three-weeks-old)
  • Results document prevalence of T. gondii in moose, and its possible transplacental/transmammary transmission of T. gondii in moose