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A comparison of several serologic tests to detect antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in naturally exposed bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

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2005
Title: A comparison of several serologic tests to detect antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in naturally exposed bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
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Name(s): Dubey, J. P.
Fair, Patricia A.
Bossart, Gregory D.
Hill, D.
Fayer, R.
Sreekumar, C.
Kwok, O. C. H.
Thulliez, P.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: American Society of Parasitologists
Place of Publication: Lawrence, Kan., etc.
Physical Form: pdf
Extent: 9 p.
Language(s): English
Identifier: FA00007044 (IID)
Note(s): Toxoplasma gondii infection in marine mammals is intriguing and indicative of contamination of the ocean environment and coastal waters with oocysts. In a previous study, 138 of 141 (97.8%) bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the coasts of Florida and California had antibodies to T. gondii by the modified agglutination test (MAT). Although the MAT has been found to be highly sensitive and specific for T. gondii antibodies from several species of terrestrial animals, it has not yet been validated for T. gondii infections in marine mammals. Furthermore, T. gondii has yet not been isolated from dolphins. In the present study, sera from 146 (60 from the 2004 samples and 86 from the 2003 samples) T. truncatus from the coastal areas of South Carolina and Florida were tested for antibodies to T. gondii.
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution 1621
This manuscript is an author version with the final publication available and may be cited as: Dubey, J. P., Fair, P. A., Bossart, G. D., Hill, D., Fayer, R., Sreekumar, C., Kwok, O. C. H., & Thulliez, P. (2005). A comparison of several serologic tests to detect antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in naturally exposed bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of Parasitology, 91(5), 1074-1081.
Subject(s): Bottlenose dolphin
Tursiops truncatus
Toxoplasma gondii
Antibodies
Serologic Tests
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