Korean J Parasitol.  2015 Aug;53(4):489-492. 10.3347/kjp.2015.53.4.489.

Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Among Primary School Children in Shandong Province, China

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  • 1Teachers college of Qingdao University, Shandong province, Qingdao, 266071, People's Republic of China. qdfylh@163.com
  • 2Department of Medical Laboratory Qingdao Women and Children's Hospital, Shandong Province, Qingdao, 266034, People's Republic of China.

Abstract

Although Toxoplasma gondii infection in primary school children has been investigated in many countries, limited surveys have been available in primary school children in China. In the present study, we report the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in primary school children in Shandong province, China. Sera from 6,000 primary school children were evaluated for T. gondii antibodies with ELISA. The overall seroprevalence of T. gondii infection was 16.0% (961/6,000), of which 14.5% (870/6,000) were positive for anti-T. gondii IgG antibodies, 3.4% (206/6,000) positive for IgM, and 1.9% (115/6,000) were positive for both IgG and IgM. The results of the present investigation indicated a high seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in primary school children in Shandong province, China. Therefore, effective measures should be taken to prevent and control T. gondii infection in primary school children in this province. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of T. gondii seroprevalence in primary school children in Shandong province, China.

Keyword

Toxoplasma gondii; seroprevalence; primary school children; ELISA; China
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