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Title: Seroprevalence and associated risk factors of Toxoplasmosis among pregnant women in Hebron district, Palestine
Issue Date: 15-May-2009
Publisher: EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal,
Citation: Nijem, K.I. & Al Amleh, S. (‎2009)‎. Seroprevalence and associated risk factors of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women in Hebron district, Palestine. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (‎5)‎, 1278-1284, 2009
Abstract: To measure the prevalence of toxoplasmosis, we tested 204 pregnant women for IgG and IgM antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii using an enzyme-linked immunoassay. The study was conducted in Hebron district during the year 2005. The seroprevalence of IgG antibodies to T. gondii was 27.9% while IgM seroprevalence was 17.6%; the seroprevalence of T. gondii increased with age. More women from rural areas [‎36.8%]‎ had IgG antibodies to T. gondii than urban women [‎21.4%]‎. Possible routes of infection were contaminated soil, drinking rainwater and eating raw vegetables rather than eating uncooked meat or contact with cats. The prevalence of previous abortion was 37.3%, with a slight [‎but not statistically significant]‎ association with toxoplasmosis
ISSN: 1020-3397
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