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

authors:

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

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

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.

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