Seroepidemiology of Toxocara canis infection among mountain aboriginal adults in Taiwan

Chia Kwung Fan, Hung Shue Lan, Chien Ching Hung, Wen Cheng Chung, Chien Wei Liao, Wen Yuan Du, Kua Eyre Su

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Seroepidemiology of Toxocara canis infection among adults of one ethnic Han and five aboriginal populations residing in mountainous areas of Taiwan was conducted by detecting serum IgG (≥1:64) using a T. canis larval excretory-secretory antigen-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. A short questionnaire interview was conducted to obtain data concerning their age, sex, occupation, consumption of raw pig liver, and possession of dogs. The overall seroprevalence (46.0%, 247 of 537) in the five aboriginal populations was significantly higher than that of ethnic Han population (30.2%, 13 of 43) (P = 0.04). Age, but not sex, seemed to be a factor related to positive serology. Aboriginal adults who had histories of eating raw pig liver (odds ratio [OR] = 1.65, P <0.01), raising dogs (OR = 1.76, P <0.01), or whose occupation was a laborer (OR = 1.78, P = 0.01) seemed to be more apt to be infected by T. canis than those without such histories and unemployed persons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-221
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume71
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

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Toxocara canis
Taiwan
Odds Ratio
Occupations
Swine
Infection
Dogs
Population
Liver
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Serology
Eating
Immunoglobulin G
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Interviews
Antigens
Serum

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Seroepidemiology of Toxocara canis infection among mountain aboriginal adults in Taiwan. / Fan, Chia Kwung; Lan, Hung Shue; Hung, Chien Ching; Chung, Wen Cheng; Liao, Chien Wei; Du, Wen Yuan; Su, Kua Eyre.

In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 71, No. 2, 08.2004, p. 216-221.

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Fan, Chia Kwung ; Lan, Hung Shue ; Hung, Chien Ching ; Chung, Wen Cheng ; Liao, Chien Wei ; Du, Wen Yuan ; Su, Kua Eyre. / Seroepidemiology of Toxocara canis infection among mountain aboriginal adults in Taiwan. In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2004 ; Vol. 71, No. 2. pp. 216-221.
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