Amenah A. Ibrahim, Ahlam J. Taher, Aisha S. Obaid, Hazima M. Al-Abassi
Abstract: Recently, young people have shown a desire to keep cats as pets, despite being threatened with health problems including toxoplasmosis. Therefore, the current study was aimed to detect toxoplasmosis infections among of volunteers students as well as spreading health awareness among students and knowledge about the importance of this disease. Prevalence rate and effects of liver functions were tested by measured levels of Aspartate aminotransferase ( AST) and Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) enzymes while the OnSite Toxo IgG/IgM combo rapid test was used in the diagnosis of the disease. The blood samples were collected from 76 volunteers (35 male and 41 female). The results showed that, the total percentage of infections was 27.6 % and all infections as a chronic type. According to the gender, the percentage was 47.6 % (males) and 52.4 % (females) of the 21 infection. In the infected group, the level of ALT enzyme was increased significantly, but theres no significant impact elevation in the AST enzyme with the control groups.
Keywords: Toxoplasma gondii, Toxoplasmosis, Liver enzymes, The OnSite Toxo IgG/IgM Combo Rapid test, Rapid chromatographic test