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Toxoplasmosis of Animals and Humans

2nd Edition

By J. P. Dubey

CRC Press

336 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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Found worldwide from Alaska to Australasia, Toxoplasma gondii knows no geographic boundaries. The protozoan is the source of one of the most common parasitic infections in humans, livestock, companion animals, and wildlife, and has gained notoriety with its inclusion on the list of potential bioterrorism microbes. In the two decades since the publication of the first edition of Toxoplasmosis of Animals and Humans there has been an explosion of knowledge concerning T. gondii and toxoplasmosis. Still used extensively as a cell model, its genome has recently been published making it a subject of even greater scientific interest. Keeping the organizational style that made the previous edition so popular and usable, this second edition has been completely revised and updated.

New in the Second Edition:

  • Expanded information on the cultivation, maintenance, and preservation of T. gondii
  • Expanded information on the cell biology and molecular biology of the parasite
  • Reviews all literature from the past 20 years for each domestic animal
  • Summarizes information on the worldwide prevalence of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women and the devastating disease it can cause in newborn

Written by one of the pioneers of the field, the book provides unique information on all known host types for this parasite. It distills the voluminous and potentially confusing scientific literature that has grown geometrically in the 20 years since the publication of the first edition into a comprehensive resource. The single author approach ensures a strong foundation in the biology and a seamless integration of topics.

The new edition of this groundbreaking work is the only volume to cover toxoplasmosis of animals and humans thoroughly in one source. It supplies an entry point to further research by cutting through the morass of literature to identify the most relevant references.


"… this textbook will be an invaluable resource for graduate students. This textbook will also he an excellent addition to the libraries of all veterinary schools and medical schools as well as the library of anyone interested in the dpicotnplexa."

Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), June 2011, VOL 238, # 12

Table of Contents

General Biology

Introduction and History

Structure and Life Cycle

Molecular Biology



Host-Parasite Relationships


Protective Immunity and Vaccination


Prevention and Control


Safety Concerns and Precautions while Working with T. gondii

Toxoplasmosis in Humans (Homo sapiens)

Serologic Prevalence

Clinical Infections




Toxoplasmosis in Domestic Cats and Other Felids

Domestic Cats (Felis catus).

Other Felids

Toxoplasmosis in Sheep (Ovis auries)

Natural Infections

Experimental Infections

Diagnosis of T. gondii-induced Abortion


Reducing Losses in Sheep Due to Toxoplasmosis through Prophylaxis

Toxoplasmosis in Goats (Capra hircus)

Natural Infections

Pathogenesis and Experimental Infections

Toxoplasmosis in Pigs (Sus scrofa)

Domestic Pigs

Experimental Infections in Domestic Pigs


Toxoplasmosis in Wild Pigs

Toxoplasmosis in Dogs (Canis familiaris)

Natural Infections

Experimental Infections

Toxoplasmosis in Cattle (Bos taurus)

Natural Infections

Experimental Infections

Toxoplasmosis in Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)

Toxoplasmosis in Horses (Equus caballus)

Natural Infections

Experimental Infections

Toxoplasmosis in Camels (Camelus dromedarius)

Toxoplasmosis in Chickens and Other Avian Species

Chickens (Gallus domesticus)

Toxoplasmosis in Other Avian Species

Toxoplasmosis in Non-Human Primates

Natural Infections

Experimental Infections

Toxoplasmosis in Australasian Marsupials


Kangaroos and Wallabies

Other Marsupials

Toxoplasmosis in Marine Mammals


Serologic Prevalence

Isolation of Viable T. gondii from Tissues of Marine Mammals

Clinical Toxoplasmosis

Experimental Infections

Toxoplasmosis in Wild Canids

Canids (Raccoons, Foxes, Skunks, Mink, and Others)

Toxoplasmosis in Deer and Bears




Toxoplasmosis in Rodents and Small Mammals


Hares and Rabbits



Small Mammals as Source of T. gondii Infection for Cats

Toxoplasmosis in Miscellaneous Animals


Miscellaneous Animals


Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis)

Muskox (Ovibos moschatus)

Wild Pigs


Hibernating and Poikilothermic Animals

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Infectious Diseases
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology