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Survey of Market Swine to Determine Prevalence of Toxoplasma Antibodies in Meat Juice Samples from Selected Abattoirs
International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork
  • James D. McKean, Iowa State University
  • Annette M. O'Connor, Iowa State University
  • David G. Pyburn, United States Department of Agriculture
  • J. Beary, Iowa State University
Publication Date
2009
Abstract

Toxoplasmosis is a zoonotic disease caused by a protozoan parasite infection in mammals and birds. Exposure to contaminated cat feces in feed or the environment may spread T. gondii to pigs and to other mammals. Direct exposure to humans from cat feces also occurs. Significant human health risks including congenital birth defects or fetal death, encephalitis or pneumonic forms are attributed to human Toxoplasma infections. A total of 138,682 samples were collected and 74,500 were selected from market swine at 12 cooperating abattoirs.

Book Title
8th International Symposium Epidemiology and Control of Foodborne Pathogens in Pork
Pages
287-291
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
James D. McKean, Annette M. O'Connor, David G. Pyburn and J. Beary. "Survey of Market Swine to Determine Prevalence of Toxoplasma Antibodies in Meat Juice Samples from Selected Abattoirs" (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/annette_oconnor/14/