Toxoplasma in animals, food, and humans: An old parasite of new concern

Beniamino T. Cenci-Goga, Paul V. Rossitto, Paola Sechi, Cheryl M E McCrindle, James S Cullor

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All hosts, including humans, can be infected by any one of the three forms of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii that correspond to three morphological stages: tachyzoite, bradyzoite, and sporozoite form. Felids are definitive hosts for T. gondii, which is an intracellular pathogen that infects a wide range of warm-blooded intermediate hosts. Toxoplasmosis is a disease where the interest of the diverse medical and veterinary specialties converge. Awareness needs to be increased that toxoplasmosis can induce clinical disease not only in immunocompromised patients or through congenital infections, but also in healthy patients. This is a review article that aims at illustrating why toxoplasmosis should be regarded a veterinary public health issue and how veterinary practitioners can contribute in controlling the infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-762
Number of pages12
JournalFoodborne Pathogens and Disease
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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