E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
Retrospective Evaluation of the Results of Female Patients of Childbearing Age at a Microbiology Laboratory for Screening Toxoplasma gondii in Kocaeli Derince
1 Kocaeli Derince Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Kocaeli, Türkiye  
2 Kocaeli Derince Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum Anabilim Dalı, Kocaeli, Türkiye  
3 Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Aydın, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2014; 38: 223-227
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2014.3519
Key Words: Toxoplasma gondii, seropositive rate, Kocaeli Derince

Objective: The aim of the previous study was to retrospectively analyze the seropositive rate of Toxoplasma among women of childbearing age who were suspected to have toxoplasmosis at the Microbiology Laboratory of Kocaeli Derince Education and Research Hospital.


Methods: The presence of Toxoplasma antibodies (IgM, IgG) with Axsym commercial ELISA kits between January 2009 and February 2011 and the presence of Toxoplasma antibodies (IgM, IgG) with Architect commercial ELISA kit between February 2011 and June 2012 were investigated in a total of 943 sera from women included in the study.


Results: The seropositive rate of anti-Toxoplasma IgG and IgM in the study was 28.5% (N=741), 0.9% (N=898), respectively. Additionally, 10 samples (1.3%) were considered as border-line for IgG antibodies and 4 samples (0.4%) for IgM antibodies against T. gondii.


Conclusion: In general, 70.2% of women in the study were seronegative for anti-Toxoplasma IgG antibodies; it can be concluded that most of them were sensitive to a newly acquired infection, and that their babies were at risk of congenital toxoplasmosis in case of a possible pregnancy. In conclusion, the present study suggested that toxoplasmosis was still an emerging public health problem in study area, and particularly, women of reproductive age should be warned and informed about toxoplasmosis. 

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