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2nd Edition

Toxoplasmosis of Animals and Humans

ISBN 9781420092363
Published November 11, 2009 by CRC Press
340 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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"… 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