Serological survey of Toxoplamosis in South American coatis (Nasua nasua) in Tietê Ecological Park, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

  • Jéssica França Maia Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas, Curso de Medicina Veterinária
  • Solange Maria Gennari Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Saúde Animal
  • Liliane Milanelo Centro de Recuperação de Animais Silvestres, Parque Ecológico do Tietê (CRAS-PET)
  • Haroldo Ryoiti Furuya Centro de Recuperação de Animais Silvestres, Parque Ecológico do Tietê (CRAS-PET)
  • Vanessa Apafecida Feijó Souza Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas, Curso de Medicina Veterinária
  • Sérgio Netto Vitaliano Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas, Curso de Medicina Veterinária Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Saúde Animal
Keywords: Serology, MAT, Wildlife, Toxoplasmosis

Abstract

Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular protozoan parasite that causes toxoplasmosis in humans, domestic animals and wild animals. Although there is serological evidence of T. gondii infection in wild animals, little is known about the role of wildlife in the epidemiological chain of this parasite. The South American coati (Nasua nasua) is an omnivorous species capable of adaptation to different environments. It can be found throughout Brazil, and in anthropized environments it can come into close contact with domestic animals. The present study found occurrences of T. gondii antibodies in South American coatis living in the Tietê Ecological Park, in the municipality of São Paulo, Brazil, through the modified agglutination test (MAT). In total, 99 samples were obtained and 70.70% (n = 70) were positive for anti-T. gondii antibodies, with titers that ranged from 50 to 3200. The data from this study indicate that South American coatis are exposed to this parasite. 

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Published
2017-01-30
How to Cite
Maia, J., Gennari, S. M., Milanelo, L., Furuya, H., Souza, V. A., & Vitaliano, S. (2017). Serological survey of Toxoplamosis in South American coatis (Nasua nasua) in Tietê Ecological Park, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 53(3), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2016.111083