Prevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii was determined in 203 muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) from 3 geographically distinct areas of northern Canada (near the hamlets of Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and Holman, Northwest Territories) by the modified agglutination test (MAT). Antibodies were found in 13 (6.4%) of 203 animals with MAT titers of 1:25 in 2, 1:50 in 7, 1:200 in 2, 1:400 in 1, and 1:800 in 1. The 4 muskoxen with MAT titers ≥1:200 were adult females and were among 10 animals examined from a mainland population near Kugluktuk. The seroprevalence was lower in Victoria Island muskoxen collected near Cambridge Bay (4.6% of 151) and Holman (4.8% of 42). This is the first serologic survey for T. gondii infection in muskoxen.
Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) Sera from Northern Canada
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S. J. Kutz, B. Elkin, A. Gunn, J. P. Dubey; Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) Sera from Northern Canada. J Parasitol 1 August 2000; 86 (4): 879–882. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2000)086[0879:POTGAI]2.0.CO;2
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