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Vaccination against toxoplasmosis: current status and future prospects

Schaap, D. and Vermeulen, A.N. and Roberts, C.W. and Alexander, J. (2007) Vaccination against toxoplasmosis: current status and future prospects. In: Toxoplasma gondii the Model Apicomplexan - Perspective and Methods. Academic Press, pp. 721-760. ISBN 0123695422

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Abstract

Chapter focusing on vaccination against toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is caused by a one-celled protozoan parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 30% of cats, the primary carriers, have been infected by T. gondii. Most humans contract toxoplasmosis by eating cyst-contaminated raw or undercooked meat, vegetables, or milk products or when they come into contact with the T. gondii eggs from cat feaces while cleaning a cat's litterbox, gardening, or playing in a sandbox.