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Original Article The Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Teachers of Child-bearing Age in Cheju Island.
Jong Myon Bae, Hyun Jong Yang, Seong Chul Hong
Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 2001;34(4):444-446
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1Department of Preventive Medicine, Cheju National University College of Medicine, Korea.
2Department of Parasitology Medicine, Cheju National University College of Medicine, Korea.

OBJECTIVES
Toxoplasmosis is a member of the zoonosis group and may cause congenital infection. Antibody positive rates of toxoplasmosis were examined in high school students in Cheju, Korea to facilitate the study aim of examining the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in school teachers of child-bearing age in Cheju Island. METHODS: The study population comprised teachers of child-bearing age in primary, middle and high schools, aged 35 years and younger, who wished to be tested for Toxoplasma gondii antibodies (IgG) by the indirect latex agglutination test (ILA) and the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method. RESULTS: The overall antibody positive rate was 3.8% in the study subjects (n=314), a rate which showed no significant difference due to birth place, history of bringing up pets, or history of contacting a cat. CONCLUSION: We confirmed that the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in a population of child-bearing teachers in Cheju Island was the same as that previously reported in other parts of Korea.

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