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Detection of Toxoplasma gondii in a Eurasian Badger (Meles meles) Living in Wildlife Areas of Izmir, Turkey
1 Department of Parasitology, Ege University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey  
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Uludağ University Institute of Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bursa, Turkey  
3 Department of Biology, Molecular Biology Section, Ege University Faculty of Science, İzmir, Turkey  
4 The Protection and Development, Union of İzmir Bird Paradise, İzmir, Turkey  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2018; 42: 237-239
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2018.5884
Key Words: Eurasian badger, Meles meles, PCR, Toxoplasma gondii, Turkey
Abstract

 

Toxoplasma gondii is an obligatory intracellular protozoon parasite that causes toxoplasmosis in humans and all warm-blooded animals. In this study, we aimed to investigate the presence of T. gondii DNA in a Eurasian badger (Meles meles) that was found dead in the wildlife area of Izmir. According to the results of real time polymerase chain reaction, T. gondii REP gene was found to be positive in the Eurasian badger brain homogenate. In conclusion, Eurasian badger, a known carnivore, can be a potential source of toxoplasmosis in the natural settings of İzmir, Turkey.

 

Cite this article as: Karakavuk M, Aldemir D, Atalay Şahar E, Can H, Özdemir HG, Döşkaya Değirmenci A, et al. Detection of Toxoplasma gondii in a Eurasian Badger (Meles meles) Living in Wildlife Areas of Izmir, Turkey. Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2018; 42(3): 237-9.

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