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Fattahi Bafghi A, Sadeghi Bakhi S, Vakili M. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection among young couples near marriage referred to prenatal counseling in Yazd city, central of Iran. TB 2020; 19 (5) :33-43
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Medical Parasitology Department, school of medicine, Yazd Shahid Sadoughi University of medical sciences, Yazd, Iran , samadsadeghibakhi56@gmail.com
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Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma Gondii Infection among Young Couples in the Verge of Marriage   in Yazd, 2017
Ali Fattahi Bafghi (Ph.D.)1, Samad Sadeghi Bakhi (M.Sc.)2, Gilda Eslami (Ph.D.)3, Mahmoud Vakili (MD)4
1.Professor, Department  of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of medical sciences, Yazd, Iran.
2.Corresponding Author: M.Sc., Department of  Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of medical sciences, Yazd, Iran.
Email: samadsadeghibakhi56@gmail.com               Tel:09133580601
3.Associate Professor, Department of  medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of medical sciences, Yazd, Iran.   
4.Associate Professor, Community Medicine, Health Monitoring Research Center, School of Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of medical sciences, Yazd, Iran.     
Introduction:  Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common causes of parasitic infections in humans and other warm-blooded vertebrates that have worldwide spread. The purpose of this study was to determine the mean level of anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgG, IgM in young couples in the verge of marriage attending marriage preparation programs in Yazd Counseling Center, 2017.
Methods: In this study, 200 couples, who referred to  Yazd Health Center were randomly selected. Samples were taken from the statistical populations and the presence of Toxoplasmosis infection was investigated in them. Later, the results were evaluated with specific IgM and IgG antibody kits and the data were analyzed by SPSS 18 software.
 Results:  Of a total of 200 Young Couples, 100 girls and 100 boys were studied, 25girls (25%) showed positive results for IgG and 75 (75%) had negative results. In 6 boys (6%), IgM was positive and in 94 (94%) boys the results were negative. IgM was positive and negative in 4 (4%) and 96 (96%) girls, respectively. Regarding IgG, 12 (12%) and 88 (88%) girls showed positive and negative results, respectively. No significant relationship was found between hair loss (0.614), job (0.470), level of education (p = 0.488), blood group (p = 0.618), and p = 0.663.
Conclusions:  The prevalence of Toxoplasma infection is lower among young couples in the verge of marriage compared to similar studies. No significant relationship was observed in the main factors, such as keeping cats as pet; however, the prevalence of Toxoplasmosis infection was higher in people with lower education.
Keywords: Young Couples near Marriage, Seroepidemiology, Toxoplasmosis, IgG, IgM.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2020/02/26 | Accepted: 2020/05/17 | Published: 2021/01/20

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