First isolate of Toxoplasma gondii from arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) from Svalbard.

  title={First isolate of Toxoplasma gondii from arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) from Svalbard.},
  author={Kristin Wear Prestrud and Jitender Prakash Dubey and Kjetil {\AA}sbakk and Eva Fuglei and Chunlei Su},
  journal={Veterinary parasitology},
  volume={151 2-4},
Cats are considered essential for the maintenance of Toxoplasma gondii in nature. However, T. gondii infection has been reported in arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) from the Svalbard high arctic archipelago where felids are virtually absent. To identify the potential source of T. gondii, we attempted to isolate and genetically characterize the parasite from arctic foxes in Svalbard. Eleven foxes were trapped live in Grumant (78 degrees 11'N, 15 degrees 09'E), Svalbard, in September 2005 and 2006… CONTINUE READING

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