Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira
versão impressa ISSN 0100-736X
CALDEIRA, Flávio Henrique Bravim et al. Outbreak of caprine abortion by Toxoplasma gondii in Midwest Brazil. Pesq. Vet. Bras. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.11, pp. 933-937. ISSN 0100-736X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-736X2011001100001.
An outbreak of abortion by Toxoplasma gondii in goats on a farm in the Brazilian Midwest is reported. Gross lesions were not observed in seven aborted fetuses submitted to the Veterinary Pathology Laboratory, Federal University of Mato Grosso, for necropsy investigation. The main histologic lesions were mononuclear cell pneumonia and necrotizing encephalitis in varying degrees of intensity. PCR for Brucella abortus and Neospora caninum and aerobic cultures were negative in all cases. Antibody titles against T. gondii varying from 1:1024 to 1:32.768 were detected in serum samples from four aborted goats. Nested-PCR assay for T. gondii were positive in brain samples of all cases submitted. These findings indicate that T. gondii infection should be considered in the diagnosis of abortion in goats in Midwest Brazil.
Palavras-chave : Encephalitis; PCR; protozoan; Toxoplasma gondii; goats; abortion.