Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2006
Publication Date: 10/1/2007
Citation: Lindsay, D.S., Dubey, J.P. 2007. Toxoplasmosis in wild and domestic animals. In: Weiss, L. and Kami, K., Atoxoplasma gondii. The Model Apicomplexan, Perspective and Methods. London,Academic Press. 133-152 p.
Technical Abstract: Toxoplasma gondii is a single celled parasite of all warm blooded hosts worldwide. It causes mental retardation and loss of vision in children, and abortion in livestock. Cats are the main reservoir of T. gondii because they are the only hosts that can excrete the resistant stage (oocyst) of the parasite in the feces. Humans become infected by eating undercooked meat from infected animals and food and water contaminated with oocysts.