Toxoplasmosis: prevalence and risk factors

Nissapatorn, V. and Noor Azmi, M.A. and Cho, S.M. and Fong, M.Y. and Init, I. and Rohela, M. and Khairul Anuar, A. and Quek, K.F. and 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
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 03:42
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 07:56

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