Antibodies to Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii were assayed in sera of 396 opossums (Didelphis marsupialis) from the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Antibodies to N. caninum were assayed using the indirect immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT). Antibodies (IFAT, ∼1:25) to N. caninum were found in 84 opossums (D. marsupialis) in titers of 1:25 in 46, 1:50 in 20, 1:100 in 17, and 1:400 in 1. Antibodies to T. gondii were assayed with the modified agglutination test (MAT) and the IFAT. Antibodies to T. gondii (MAT, ∼1:25) were found in 82 (20.4%) of the 396 opossums, in titers of 1:25 in 24, 1:50 in 26, 1:100 in 18, 1:200 in 13, and 1:800 in 1. The IFAT antibodies to T. gondii were found in 148 of 396 opossums, in titers of 1:16 in 41, 1:32 in 23, 1:64 in 13, 1:128 in 6, 1:256 in 20, 1:512 in 17, 1:1,024 in 10, 1:2,048 in 10, 1:4,096 in 7, and 1:8,192 in 1. This is the first report of N. caninum and T. gondii infections in D. marsupialis.
Seroprevalence of Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in the South American Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) From the City of São Paulo, Brazil
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L. E O. Yai, W. A. Cañon-Franco, V. C. Geraldi, M. E L. Summa, M. C G. O. Camargo, J. P. Dubey, S. M. Gennari§; Seroprevalence of Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies in the South American Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) From the City of São Paulo, Brazil. J Parasitol 1 August 2003; 89 (4): 870–871. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-83R
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