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3rd Edition

Toxoplasmosis of Animals and Humans

ISBN 9780367543129
Published December 7, 2021 by CRC Press
564 Pages 20 Color & 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the only book to cover toxoplasmosis of animals and humans thoroughly in one single source. Found worldwide from Alaska to Australasia, Toxoplasma gondii is the cause of one of the most common parasitic infections in humans, livestock, companion animals, and wildlife, and is included on the list of potential bioterrorism microbes. Furthermore, T. gondii has been and continues to be used extensively as a model for the cell biology of apicomplexan parasites.

In the decade since the second edition of this book was published, there has been an explosion of knowledge concerning the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and toxoplasmosis. This update provides unique information on all known host types for this parasite, with an additional chapter on history, substantial updates throughout, and a detailed focus on the biology of the parasite in Chapter 2. The third edition is compiled by author JP Dubey, an authority on T. gondii who has worked with virtually all hosts of the protozoan during the last 55 years, including humans, all livestock species, wildlife, and zoo animals.

The book distills the voluminous and potentially confusing scientific literature, that has grown geometrically in the 30+ years since the publication of the first edition, into a comprehensive resource for all professionals, graduate students and researchers working in this field.

Table of Contents

1. History
2. General Biology
3. Techniques
4. Toxoplasmosis in Humans (Homo Sapiens)
5. Toxoplasmosis in cats
6. Toxoplasmosis in Dogs (Canis Familiaris)
7. Toxoplasmosis in Pigs (Sus Scrofa)
8.Toxoplasmosis in Sheep
9. Toxoplasmosis in Goats
10. Toxoplasmosis in Cattle
11. Toxoplasmosis in water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis)
12. Toxoplasmosis in equids (horse, donkey, mule)
13. Toxoplasmosis in camels (Camelus spp.)
14. Toxoplasmosis in South American camelids
15. Toxoplasmosis in chickens (Gallus domesticus)
16. T. gondii infections in other avian species (excludes Gallus domesticus)
17. Toxoplasmosis in non-human primates
18. Toxoplasmosis in Australasian Marsupials
19. Toxoplasmosis in marine mammals
20. T. gondii infections in deer and other cervids
21. Toxoplasmosis in Yak, Bison, and other wild ruminants
22. Toxoplasmosis in bears (Ursus spp.)
23. Toxoplasmosis in wild canids
24. Toxoplasmosis in rodents
25. T. gondii infections in rabbits (Oryctolagus spp.) and hares (Lepus spp.)
26. Toxoplasmosis in bats
27. Toxoplasmosis in miscellaneous animals

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J. P. Dubey, M V Sc, PhD, Dsc was born in India. He earned his veterinary degree in 1960, and Master in Veterinary Parasitology in 1963, from India. He earned a PhD in medical microbiology in 1966 from the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Dubey received post doctoral training from 1968-1973 with Dr. J.K. Frenkel, Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. From 1973 to 1978, he was Associate Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, Department of Pathobiology, Ohio State University, Columbus and Professor of veterinary parasitology, Department of Veterinary Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, from 1978 to 1982. He is presently a Senior Scientist, Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland.


This is an exceptional treatment of Toxoplasma gondii – arguably the most successful parasite on our planet. J.P. Dubey has been either the lead of the discoveries or the energetic observer over the past 50 years. The book provides an up-to-date deep dive into the lifecycle, diagnostics and T. gondii-host interactions with practical tips and tricks that make this book a must own for anyone aiming to understand the parasite. J.P. Dubey writes "I am still searching for a chemical that will kill T. gondii oocysts without harming humans", confirming his unprecedented life-long affair with the parasite. While we have not completely outsmarted T. gondii, the 21st century toolbox coupled with the biological experiments invented by the pioneers of the trade summarized in this book is moving us closer to the target.

Jan Slapeta, Professor of Veterinary and Molecular Parasitology, Sydney School of Veterinary Science (SSVS), Australia