Author(s): D. M. Lambourn, S. J. Jeffries, and J. P. Dubey
DESCRIPTION: The Journal of Parasitology, Vol. 87, No. 5, October 2001
ABSTRACT: As part of the Puget Sound Ambient Monitoring Program of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, serum samples from 380 harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) were tested for antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in the modified agglutination test (MAT) incorpo-rating formalin-fixed tachyzoites and mercaptoethanol. Antibodies to T. gondii were found in 29 of 380 (7.6%) seals with titers of 1:25 in 13, 1:50 in 14, and >1:500 in 2 seals. Results indicate natural exposure of these wild marine mammals to T. gondii oocysts.