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Seroprevalence and potential risk factors associated with Toxoplasma gondii infection in women from Tripoli, Libya

Abdusalam Sharef Mahmoud,Abdurrahman omar Alarwiy,Khaled sifaw Ganghish,Abdurrahman Alhares,Laila Sabei,Mohamed Altaesh,Mohamed Algeriany.

Abstract
Aims: To determine the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) in women from Aljalla Maternity and Gynaecology Hospital (AMGH) and to evaluate the association between the infection and potential risk factors.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Aljalla Maternity and Gynaecology Hospital (AMGH) in Tripoli during the year 2012. Data on potential risk factors were collected by a structured questionnaire and results of the test. The output data of the questionnaire were used to assess potential risk factors for a positive outcome. All sera (n= 500) was screened against ToxoG, by using the Vidas machine automated enzyme-linked fluorescent immunoassay (ELFA). Association between the outcome variables and its potential risk factors were screened in a multivariate analysis. A p-value

Key words: seroprevalence, Toxoplasma gondii, risk factors, Libya



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