DETECTION OF Toxoplasma gondii CYSTS FROM WILD BOAR MUSCLES: DOES IT REPRESENT A RISK FOR READY TO EAT FOOD?

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P. Pinto *
G. Bozzo
L Novello
V. Terio
(*) Corresponding Author:
P. Pinto | lucia.zoppi@pagepress.org

Abstract

Toxoplasma gondii infection is a parasitological antropozoonoses widely distributed in the world. Toxoplasmosis is mainly followed by serious disease in fetuses and immunocompromised people. Wild boars represent an important source for this parasite and evisceration, handling and consumption of raw or undercooked meat are important risk factors. The study confirms the presence of potentially infectious cysts in wild boars muscles, detected by histological and biomolecular methods.

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