Location: Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory
Project Number: 8042-32000-090-12-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 15, 2012
End Date: Mar 31, 2014
The objective of this project is to determine the seroprevalence of the zoonotic parasites Toxoplasma gondii and Trichinella spiralis in the national swine herd.
A statistically representative set of blood samples will be collected during the NAHMS 2012 National Swine Survey from randomly selected swine operations in the top hog producing states of the U.S. Samples will be assayed by ELISA for detection of antibodies to T. gondii and T. spiralis using commercially available test kits. Putative positive samples will be retested to confirm results. Results will be tabulated to determine a national prevalence of T. gondii and T. spiralis in the U.S. swine herd.