Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma Gondii and Concurrent Bartonella Spp

AI-Kappany, Y. M., M. R. Lappin, O. C. H. Kwok, S. A. Abu-Elwafat, M. Hilali:j, and J. P. Dubey, "Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma Gondii and Concurrent Bartonella Spp", Journal of Parasitolology, 2011.


Toxoplasma gondii and Bartonella spp. are zoonotic pathogens of cats. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (Fel.v) are related to human immunodeficiency virus and human leukemia virus, respectively, and these viruses are immunosuppressive. In the present study, the prevalence of antibodies to T. gondii, Bartonella spp., FIV, as well as Fel,v and Dirofilaria immitis antigens was determined in sera from feral cats tFelis catusi from Cairo, Egypt. Using a modified agglutination test, antibodies to T. gondii were found in 172 (95.5%) of the 180 cats with titers of]:5 in 9, 1:10 in 9, I :20 in 3, 1:40 in 5, ]:80 in 5, I: 160 in 15, I :320 in 22, and] :640 or higher in 104. Thus, 57.4% had high T. gondii titers. Antibodies to Bartonella spp. were found in 105 (59.6%) of 178, with titers of 1:64 in 45, 1:128 in 39,1:256 in 13, 1:512 in 3,1:1,024 in 4, and 1:2,048 in I cat. Antibodies to FIV were detected in 59 (33.9%) of 174 cats. Of 174 cats tested, antigens to FeLv, and D. immitis were detected in 8 (4.6%) and 6 (3.4%) cats, respectively. The results indicate a high prevalence of T. gondii, Bartonella spp .. and FlV infections in cats from Cairo, Egypt. This is the first report or Bartonella spp., and D. immitis infection in cats in Egypt.