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A method that increases the sensitivity and specificity of the direct agglutination (AG) test for diagnosis of Toxoplasma gondii infection is described. Qualitative results in the Sabin-Feldman dye test (DT) and AG test were in excellent agreement (98%). Differences in titers between these two tests often related to the length of time the individual was(More)
Six cows and 6 calves were each inoculated with 100 or 100,000 Toxoplasma gondii oocysts. Serum samples were analyzed, using the Sabin-Feldman dye test (DT), indirect hemagglutination test, latex agglutination test, and the modified direct agglutination test (MAT). Antibody titers in cows were lower than in calves. In the cows, DT titers increased briefly(More)
Five cases of congenital toxoplasmosis consecutive to a maternal toxoplasma infection that had preceded pregnancy were observed. One woman with normal immune system had developed a well-documented lymph node toxoplasmosis 2 months before conceiving. Four women had chronic toxoplasmosis diagnosed in the course of an immunosuppressive disease: Hodgkin's(More)
The protein-blotting technique was used to determine the antigens of Toxoplasma gondii that were recognized by IgG and IgM antibodies in sera of congenitally infected newborns and their mothers. Patterns of IgG and IgM blots with sera from newborns revealed antigen-antibody reactions (bands) that were not present in the respective blots obtained with sera(More)