Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii are related parasites. The former is a common cause of abortion in dairy cattle. The latter has not been conclusively demonstrated in bovine fetuses. During the course of attempts to isolate N. caninum from aborted fetuses, T. gondii was isolated from 2 aborted fetuses, 1 from Portugal and 1 from the United States. Both isolates were made by bioassay of fetal brains in mice. The fetus from Portugal was about 5 mo in gestational age, and the fetus from the United States was a full-term stillborn.
Isolation of Viable Toxoplasma gondii From Naturally Infected Aborted Bovine Fetuses
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Nuno Canada, Carla S. Meireles, A. Rocha, J. M. Correia da Costa, M. W. Erickson, J. P. Dubey; Isolation of Viable Toxoplasma gondii From Naturally Infected Aborted Bovine Fetuses. J Parasitol 1 December 2002; 88 (6): 1247–1248. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[1247:IOVTGF]2.0.CO;2
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