Most species of felids tested have been found to be the definitive host for Toxoplasma gondii. Gordon's wildcat (Felis silvestris gordoni) is a threatened species found in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Antibodies to T. gondii were found in all 29 captive and 2 of 7 wild-caught F. s. gordoni in UAE examined by the modified agglutination test (MAT). Titers were 1:100 in 1, 1:200 in 5, 1:400 in 6, 1:800 in 10, 1:1,600 in 5, and 1:3,200 or higher in 4. None of these cats was ill, despite exhibiting high antibody titers. This is the first report of T. gondii infection in this host.
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Research Article| October 01 2008
Seroprevalence of Antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in Gordon's Wildcat (Felis silvestris gordoni) in the Middle East
J. P. Dubey
J Parasitol (2008) 94 (5): 1169.
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An Pas, J. P. Dubey; Seroprevalence of Antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in Gordon's Wildcat (Felis silvestris gordoni) in the Middle East. J Parasitol 1 October 2008; 94 (5): 1169. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1593.1
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