Seroprevalence of Toxoplasmosis among Pregnant Women Referring to the Reference Laboratory of Zahedan, Iran

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Adel Ebrahimzadeh 1 , * , Saeed Mohammadi 2 , Alireza Salimi-Khorashad 1 , Ali Jamshidi 1

1 Department of Parasitology and Mycology, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

2 Faculty of Advanced Medical Technology, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran

How to Cite: Ebrahimzadeh A, Mohammadi S, Salimi-Khorashad A, Jamshidi A. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasmosis among Pregnant Women Referring to the Reference Laboratory of Zahedan, Iran, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2013 ; 15(12):e4332.

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Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 15 (12); e4332
Published Online: May 17, 2013
Article Type: Short Communication
Received: January 31, 2013
Accepted: March 22, 2013

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Abstract

Background: Zahedan is a tropical region in southeast of Iran. Due to importance of congenital Toxoplasmosis and absence of study evidences in this field in Zahedan, this research was accomplished.

Materials and Methods: 221 serum samples were collected from pregnant women referring to reference laboratory of Zahedan. The IgG and IgM antibody levels against were examined using ELISA method.

Results: 30.8% cases out of all samples were IgG positive and in 1.4% cases IgG and IgM were both positive for toxoplasmosis.

Conclusion: 69.2% of pregnant women were serologically negative against toxoplasmosis; therefore hygiene education to eliminate risk factors especially during pregnancy period seems to be imperative.

Keywords

Toxoplasmosis IgM anti-Toxoplasma IgG anti-Toxoplasma Pregnancy Risk Factors

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