E-ISSN 2146-3077
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Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in Dogs in the Province of Kocaeli
1 Fırat Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı  
2 Türkiye Halk Sağlığı Kurumu, Ulusal Parazitoloji Referans Merkez Laboratuvarı, Ankara, Türkiye  
3 Fırat Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Elazığ  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2006; 30: 171-174

Key Words: Toxoplasma gondii, dog, Sabin-Feldman, Kocaeli
Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in pet dogs and stray dogs in Kocaeli province using the Sabin-Feldman Dye Test. A total of 116 dogs were examined and 81 (69.8%) were found to be positive. Seropositivity was found to be 59.6% in male dogs and 78.1% in female dogs (p<0.05). Seropositivity was 62.5% in pet dogs and 71.7% in stray dogs (p> 0.05). The seropositivity was found to be 68.2%, 75.6% and 62.5% in the 0-1, 1-3, and over 3 age groups, respectively. As a result, the high seropositivity of dog toxoplasmosis in Kocaeli province has been found to be important. 

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