SEROPREVALENCE OF TOXOPLASMOSIS IN WOMEN IN MYMENSINGH AND RANGPUR IN BANGLADESH: A HOSPITAL SURVEY
AbstractToxoplasmosis is a great zoonotic threat that affects human species specially women. It has got major health significance because it causes abortion in pregnant women. The aim of this study was to determine seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in women in Mymensingh and Rangpur in Bangladesh and to identify possible risk factors associated with toxoplasmosis. In this study, 87 women of 15 to 45 years old were included. Among 87 women, 74.7% (n = 65) were seronegative and 25.3% were (n=22) seropositive for T. gondii IgG and IgM antibodies. However, seroprevalence was higher in women aged between 31-45years. Relationship between T. gondii antibody and pregnancy was found significant (p<0.05). This study also reveals that pregnant women are more susceptible to toxoplasmosis than non-pregnant women. Thusly, regular screening test for toxoplasmosis is necessary for pregnant women in Bangladesh.