Toxoplasmosis-Serological Evidence and Associated Risk Factors among Pregnant Women in Southern Thailand

Nissapatorn, V.; Suwanrath, C.; Sawangjaroen, N.; Ling, L.Y.; Chandeying, V. (2011) Toxoplasmosis-Serological Evidence and Associated Risk Factors among Pregnant Women in Southern Thailand. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 85 (2). pp. 243-250. ISSN 0002-9637

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Abstract

Abstract. Toxoplasma gondii is an important parasite in pregnant women. This case-controlled study assessed the seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in 640 pregnant women in southern Thailand and identified their associated risk factors. The overall seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis was 181 (28.3%). Of this, 138 (21.6%) were positive for only anti-Toxoplasma immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody, 43 (6.7%) were positive for both IgG and IgM antibodies, and none were positive for IgM antibody. Multivariate analysis revealed that increasing age (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 1.64, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.01-2.67), living outside Songkhla province (adjusted OR = 1.56, 95% CI = 1.08-2.24), parity (adjusted OR = 1.65, 95% CI = 1.01-2.68), contact with cats (adjusted OR = 1.70, 95% CI = 1.20-2.43), and drinking of unclean water (adjusted OR = 1.70, 95% CI = 1.08-2.68) were factors associated with Toxoplasma seroprevalence. On the basis of the results obtained, a health surveillance program should be initiated as a primary preventive measure for congenital toxoplasmosis and focus on educating women of the child-bearing age group to avoid contact with cats and to strictly practice personal hygiene.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Nissapatorn, V.
  2. Suwanrath, C.
  3. Sawangjaroen, N.
  4. Ling, L.Y.
  5. Chandeying, V.
Journal or Publication Title: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Additional Information: Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Toxoplasma gondii
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2011 10:26
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 14:57
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1951

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