Toxoplasmosis: prevalence and risk factors

Nissapatorn, V.; Noor Azmi, M.A.; Cho, S.M.; Fong, M.Y.; Init, I.; Rohela, M.; Khairul Anuar, A.; Quek, K.F.; Latt, H.M. (2003) Toxoplasmosis: prevalence and risk factors. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 23 (6). pp. 618-624. ISSN 0144-3615

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A total of 200 pregnant women were recruited in this cross-sectional study. The overall seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women was found to be 49, in which 39, 4 and 6 for anti-Toxoplasma IgG, IgM and both anti-Toxoplasma IgG and IgM antibodies, respectively. We found the differences in Toxoplasma seroprevalence rates among the races were significant: the highest rate was in the Malays (55.7), followed by the Indian (55.3) and the Chinese (19.4) (-0.05) populations. An increase in Toxoplasma seroprevalence with increasing parity was detected (-0.05). Women with no children had a prevalence of 39.7, while women with one or more than two children had a prevalence of 44.2 and 62.9, respectively. In this study, there was no significant association between Toxoplasma seroprevalence and various possible risk factors in pregnant women (P�>�0.05). When multivariate analysis was performed, no significant association between Toxoplasma seroprevalence and history of contact with cats, consumption of undercooked meat and blood transfusion was found (P�>�0.05). We did not find any newly diagnosed cases of acute acquired toxoplasmosis in pregnancy during the study period. Read More:

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Additional Information: Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parasitology
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 11:42
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 15:56

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