Occurrence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in scavenging black vultures (Coragyps atratus) in Brazil

Authors

  • Solange Maria Gennari Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária e Saúde Animal
  • Tania de Freitas Raso Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Patologia
  • Fernanda Junqueira Vaz Guida Fundação Parque Zoológico de São Paulo
  • Hilda Fátima Jesus Pena Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária e Saúde Animal
  • Herbert Sousa Soares Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária e Saúde Animal
  • Jitender Prakash Dubey United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Agricultural Research Center, Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2017.128818

Keywords:

Coragyps atratus, Black vulture, Toxoplasma gondii, Antibodies, Brazil

Abstract

This is the first report of Toxoplasma gondii infection in black vultures (Coragyps atratus), which are obligate scavengers found throughout the Americas. Serum samples from 121 wild black vultures caught in urban areas of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, were tested for the presence of T. gondii antibodies using the modified agglutination test (MAT; cutoff point 1:5). T. gondii antibodies were found in 16 birds (13.2%), with titers of 1:5 (6 birds), 1:10 (8 birds), and 1:20 (2 birds).

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2017-08-18

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Gennari SM, Raso T de F, Guida FJV, Pena HFJ, Soares HS, Dubey JP. Occurrence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in scavenging black vultures (Coragyps atratus) in Brazil. Braz. J. Vet. Res. Anim. Sci. [Internet]. 2017 Aug. 18 [cited 2024 Jun. 19];54(2):197-9. Available from: https://www.revistas.usp.br/bjvras/article/view/128818