Shemsho lamaj1*, gerta dhamo2, ilir dova2
1Regional Agricultural Directory of Gjirokastra, Albania
2Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania
Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic protozoan parasite found worldwide and cause a disease known as toxoplasmosis. Cats, as deﬁnitive hosts, play an important role in the transmission of Toxoplasma gondii. A total of 138 domestic household blood samples were collected from Gjirokastra and Tepelena areas from October 2012 to January 2014. Positive sera for T. gondii were identified in 58 (42 %) samples exclusively via the by modified agglutination test (MAT). T. gondii antibodies were detected in cats. The antibody titers in the positive animals ranged from 1:25 to 1:500. Our results suggest that T. gondii infection is common in household cats in Southwest of Albania.
Keywords: Seroprevalence, cats, Toxoplasma gondii, toxoplasmosis, parasite.