The prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in free-range chickens is a good indicator of the prevalence of T. gondii oocysts in the soil because chickens feed from the ground. The prevalence of T. gondii in 102 free-range chickens (Gallus domesticus) from Grenada was determined. Antibodies to T. gondii were assayed by the modified agglutination test (MAT). Antibodies were found in 53 (52%) chickens with titers of 1:5 in 6, 1:10 in 4, 1:20 in 4, 1:40 in 4, 1:80 in 15, 1:160 in 9, 1: 320 in 5, 1:640 in 4, and 1:1,280 or greater in 2. Hearts, pectoral muscles, and brains of 43 seropositive chickens with MAT titers of 1:20 or greater were bioassayed individually in mice. Tissues of each of 10 chickens with titers of 1:5 and 1:10 were pooled and bioassayed in mice. Tissues from the remaining 49 seronegative chickens were pooled and fed to 4 T. gondii-free cats. Feces of cats were examined for oocysts; they did not shed oocysts. T. gondii was isolated from 35 of 43 chickens with MAT titers of 1:20 or greater; from the hearts, brains, and pectoral muscles of 2, hearts and brains of 20, from the hearts alone of 11, and brains alone of 2. T. gondii was isolated from 1 of 10 chickens with titers of 1:5 or 1:10. All 36 T. gondii isolates were avirulent for mice. Genotyping of these 36 isolates using polymorphisms at the SAG2 locus indicated that 29 were Type III, 5 were Type I, 1 was Type II, and 1 had both Type I and Type III. Genetically, the isolates from Grenada were different from those from the United States; Type II was the predominant type from the United States. Phenotypically, all isolates from Grenada were avirulent for mice, whereas those from Brazil were mouse-virulent. This is the first report of isolation of T. gondii from chickens from Grenada, West Indies.
ISOLATION, TISSUE DISTRIBUTION, AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF TOXOPLASMA GONDII FROM CHICKENS IN GRENADA, WEST INDIES
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J. P. Dubey, M. I. Bhaiyat, C. de Allie, C. N L. Macpherson, R. N. Sharma, C. Sreekumar, M. C B. Vianna, S. K. Shen, O. C H. Kwok, K. B. Miska, D. E. Hill, T. Lehmann; ISOLATION, TISSUE DISTRIBUTION, AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF TOXOPLASMA GONDII FROM CHICKENS IN GRENADA, WEST INDIES. J Parasitol 1 June 2005; 91 (3): 557–560. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-463R
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