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  • 1 Szent István University Department of Parasitology and Zoology, Faculty of Veterinary Science H-1078 Budapest István u. 2 Hungary
  • 2 University of Veterinary Medicine Department of Pathobiology, Institute of Parasitology and Zoology Vienna Austria
  • 3 Pestimre Pet Ambulance Budapest Hungary
  • 4 Szent István University Clinic for Large Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Science Üllő Hungary
  • 5 Clinic and Laboratory for Feline Medicine Budapest Hungary
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Blood samples were collected from 330 cats in Hungary in order to evaluate their seroconversion to Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum using the indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT). The overall prevalence of toxoplasmosis was 47.6%, the prevalence being 22.4% among urban, 50% among suburban and 61.3% among rural animals. Significantly more cats had high IFAT titres (1:640 to 1:5120) in the countryside. Female cats were more frequently infected with T. gondii than males (53.3% vs. 39.3%), and seropositivity increased with the age of animals. The prevalence (0.6%) and titre (1:40) of antibodies to N. caninum was low. Sixty-two cats were also screened for seroconversion to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) virus. Higher titres to T. gondii were more frequently detected among FIP-positive cats, but this difference was non-significant due to the small number of cats with concurrent infection.

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