Serological survey of toxoplasmosis Transvaal

  • PR Mason
  • MR Jacobs
  • PJ Fripp

Abstract

Thirty-seven per cent of 605 samples of human sera collected from four ethnic groups in South Africa gave a positive Toxoplasma indirect fluorescent antibody test at a dilution 01 1/16 or higher. The incidences in Indians (58%) and Coloureds (43%) were significantly higher than in Blacks (29%) and Whites (32%). These differences were regarded as being due to cultural rather than to socioeconomic factors. Some evidence for the importance of contact with felines in the epidemiology of toxoplasmosis is presented.

S. Afr. Med. J., 48, 1707 (1974)

Author Biographies

PR Mason
Department of Microbiology (Parasitology), School of Pathology, South African Institute for Medical Research and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
MR Jacobs
Department of Microbiology (Parasitology), School of Pathology, South African Institute for Medical Research and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
PJ Fripp
Department of Microbiology (Parasitology), School of Pathology, South African Institute for Medical Research and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Published
2018-04-01
Section
Articles

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