Chapter 7

Congenital Toxoplasmosis in Goats

Helenara Machado da Silva, Jesaias Ismael da Costa, Alvimar Jose da Costa and Katia Denise Saraiva Bresciani

Abstract

Toxoplasmosis is a public health issue and an obstacle to the breeding of goats. This zoonosis results in great economic losses in human beings and production animals, being both infected from the food and water intake contaminated with Toxoplasma gondii oocysts and this parasite causes severe clinical consequences, among them reproductive problems. In caprines, the presence of antibodies against T. gondii is common in herds. For this reason, toxoplasmic reinfection in these animals can not be ruled out or neglected in animals naturally infected with T. gondii. In this way, the objective of this chapter is to describe the main aspects of congenital toxoplasmosis in pregnant goats, in different gestational stages, infected and reinfected with T. gondii and their offspring.

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