Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy

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Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy Received 19 June 2016; revised 16 August 2016; accepted 18 August 2016 Respected Chief Editor (J Taibah Univ Med Sci)

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I have read with great interest the paper titled (Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection among pregnant women in Almadinah Almunawwarah, KSA) by Naglaa F Imam et al., which appeared in J Taibah Univ Med Sci 2016; 11(3):255e 259.1 The authors reported no anti-Toxoplasma IgM þve case among the study population of 150 pregnant women. As we recently reported, we employed the ELISA technique to identify seven (1.2%) anti-Toxoplasma IgM þve cases among 586 pregnancies from Qassim, KSA.2 We suggest that repeat IgM testing to assess increasing IgG titre or doing molecular studies3 might produce laboratory evidence of acute toxoplasmosis. Thus, drug treatment is likely to reduce T. gondii vertical transmission and foetal complications. We agree with the authors’ conclusion that toxoplasmosis remains a problem among pregnant women. A referral toxoplasmosis centre for educational and clinical purposes established in KSA appears to be justified.

1. Imam NFA, Azzam EAA, Attia AA. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection among pregnant women in Almadinah Almunawwarah, KSA. J Taibah Univ Med Sci 2016; 11(3): 255e 259. 2. Imam A, Almansour MK. Serologic evidence of Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy, Qassim region, KSA. Pak J Med Res 2015; 54(3): 84e86. 3. Pomares C, Montoya JG. Laboratory diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis. J Clin Microbiol 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/ JCM.00487-16 (accepted manuscript posted online 4 May 2016).

Abdelmageed Imam, MBBS, PhD, DTM&Ha Academic and Clinical Parasitology, College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, KSA a www.qumed.edu.sa. E-mail: [email protected]

DOI of original article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2016.04.004. Peer review under responsibility of Taibah University.

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1658-3612 Ó 2016 The Author. Production and hosting by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Taibah University. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2016.08.003 Please cite this article in press as: Imam A, Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy, Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences (2016), http:// dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2016.08.003

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