Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is caused by the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which has a complex life cycle in which sexual and asexual reproduction alternate in different hosts.

Toxoplasma is an intestinal coccidian of cats, cats and other felids are the definitive hosts for this coccidian and the parasite rarely causes health problems in them.

In other hosts (birds and mammals, including humans) the protozoan can cause clinical problems and disease, rarely fatal.

Contact

MVDr. Roman Masopust
+420 770 118 901
roman.masopust@svupraha.cz

Description

A parasitic disease of vertebrates, the definitive host is felids.  Causes hepatitis in dogs and cats, abortion in sheep, pneumonia in others, CNS involvement, ocular involvement.

Toxoplasmosis testing uses specific PCR methods for virus detection and specific NIFR methods for antibody detection.

Molecular biology

RNDr. Alexander Nagy, Ph.D.
+420 770 118 897
alexander.nagy@svupraha.cz

Information and Results

Ester Kučerová
+420 251 031 302
ester.kucerova@svupraha.cz

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