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Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infections in pregnant women in Gorgan City, Golestan Province, Northern Iran-2012

Sharbatkhori, M. and Moghaddam, Y.D. and Pagheh, A.S. and Mohammadi, R. and Mofidi, H.H. and Shojaee, S. (2014) Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infections in pregnant women in Gorgan City, Golestan Province, Northern Iran-2012. Iranian Journal of Parasitology, 9 (2). pp. 181-187. ISSN 17357020 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Background: Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most prevalent parasites of human and warm- blooded animals. Toxoplasmosis is important especially in two groups: pregnant women and immunocompromised patients. If women acquire the primary infection during the pregnancy, it would be life threatening or remains severe disorders for the fetus. This study was performed to evaluate the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in pregnant women referred to Health Center in Gorgan City, Golestan Province, northern Iran. Methods: Serum samples were collected from pregnant women referred to Health Center in Gorgan City, south eastern Caspian Sea. Anti- Toxoplasma IgG and IgM antibodies were determined by commercially ELISA kits and the relation of infection with sociodemographic and risk factors such as age, education, occupation, cat ownership, soil contact and some other factors was studied. Results: From 555 tested sera of pregnant women referred to Health Center in Gorgan, 39.8% had IgG antibodies against T. gondii and 3.4% were positive for IgM antibodies. A significant correlation was seen between T. gondii infection with age and soil contact. Conclusion: About 60% of pregnant women in Gorgan City are seronegative against T. gondii, so they should considered as at risk persons.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - Iran. J. Parasitol. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Infectious Diseases Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Social Security Organization, Gonbad, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Toxoplasmosis Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - School of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: ELISA, Iran, Pregnant women, Prevalence, Toxoplasma gondii, immunoglobulin G antibody, immunoglobulin M antibody, parasite antibody, adult, age, article, cross-sectional study, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, female, gestational age, human, Iran, parasite serodiagnosis, pregnant woman, questionnaire, risk factor, seroprevalence, soil microflora, Toxoplasma gondii, toxoplasmosis, young adult
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2015 06:40
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2015 07:47
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/1728

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