Seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in the residents of Cheju island, Korea.

H. J. Yang, K. N. Jin, Y. K. Park, S. C. Hong, J. M. Bae, S. H. Lee, H. S. Choi, H. S. Hwang, Y. B. Chung, N. S. Lee, H. W. Nam

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Abstract

This study was performed to evaluate the epidemiological status of toxoplasmosis among the residents of Cheju island. The sera of local students from 18 high schools (boys 2110, girls 2460) and those of adults (474 admitted to Cheju Chungang General Hospital) were collected and checked for the IgG antibody titers against Toxoplasma gondii. Serum samples collected from both the students and adults showed sero-positive rate of 5.5% and 12.9%, respectively. Although the rates were not significantly different between the sexes (5.4% for the boys and 5.5% for the girls attending school), the geographical difference showed a significant difference between the urban (4.6-6.9%) and rural areas (5.6-8.8%) (p < 0.05). Based on the high positive rates, it should be necessary to control toxoplasmosis in Cheju island.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-93
Number of pages3
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2000

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