E-ISSN 2146-3077
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The Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Among Prisoners in the Kayseri Closed Prison
1 Sağlık Bakanlığı Kayseri Araştırma ve Uygulama Hastanesi, Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, Kayseri, Türkiye  
2 Erciyes Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Kayseri, Türkiye  
3 Erciyes Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Bilim Dalı  
4 Erciyes Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı  
5 Erciyes Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Kayseri İl Sağlık Müdürlüğü, Bulaşıcı Hastalıklar Şube Müdürlüğü, Kayseri, Türkiye  
6 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2009; 33: 15-19

Key Words: Toxoplasma gondii, closed prison, Kayseri, Turkey
Abstract

Toxoplasmosis is a zoonosis caused by Toxoplasma gondii and can be found in humans, domestic animals and wild animals almost everywhere around the world. The aim of this study was to investigate the seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis among the 628 prisoners in the Kayseri Closed Prison. Anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgG and IgM antibodies were investigated in the serum specimens with the IFA method. Two hundred and thirty six (37.58%) prisoners were anti-T. gondii IgG seropositive and 11 (1.75%) were both IgG and IgM seropositive. There was no IgM seropositivity in IgG negative serum specimens. 

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