Toxoplasma gondii – an important foodborne parasite, also in Denmark

Abbey Olsen, Marianne Sandberg, Henrik V. Nielsen, Pikka Jokelainen

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Abstract

In Europe, Toxoplasma gondii has been ranked as the second most important foodborne parasite [1]. The protozoan parasite is prevalent worldwide and has been found in a wide range of warm-blooded animals. Only felids can serve as definitive hosts and shed T. gondii oocysts in their feces. In all other infected hosts, the parasite lives within tissue cysts localized in various organs and can be transmitted if the host or its tissues are eaten. In most host species, the majority of T. gondii infections are subclinical. However, the parasite can cause clinical disease, toxoplasmosis, in both humans and animals, and it causes a substantial disease burden [2].
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Report on Zoonoses in Denmark 2021
EditorsAbbey Olsen, Birgitte Borck Høg, Marianne Sandberg, Luise Müller, Mia Torpdahl
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationKgs. Lyngby
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2022
Pages21-22
Chapter5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
SeriesAnnual Report on Zoonoses in Denmark
Volume2021
ISSN1600-3837

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