An overview of seventy years of research (1944 – 2014) on toxoplasmosis in Colombia, South America
© Cañón-Franco et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
Received: 12 June 2014
Accepted: 22 August 2014
Published: 4 September 2014
This paper summarizes prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in humans and animals and associated correlates of infection, clinical spectrum of disease in humans, and genetic diversity of T. gondii isolates from Colombia. Recent studies, especially in the states of Antioquia, Quindío and Cundinamarca, indicate that toxoplasmosis is a major public health problem. Approximately half of the women of child bearing age have T. gondii antibodies, and the clinical disease in congenitally infected children is more severe than in Europe. Limited studies indicate that the strains of T. gondii from Colombia are genetically and phenotypically different than in Europe and North America. However, epidemiological factors, such as the involvement of domestic and/or wild animals in transmission, the distribution of strain diversity by natural geographic regions, and the variation in risk factors between regions that are associated with human infection in Colombia, remain unknown. Areas of research for the future are outlined. This review should be of interest to biologists, veterinarians, physicians, and parasitologists.
Toxoplasmosis is a worldwide zoonosis with asymptomatic infections in most adult immunocompetent humans. Why some persons infected with Toxoplasma gondii become sick and even die is not completely understood. Recently, in French Guiana, immunocompetent adults died of toxoplasmosis. In Brazil, a higher proportion of congenitally infected children developed severe disease and the onset of clinical symptoms was also earlier than such cases from the rest of the world.
Host and/or parasite factors play a pathogenic role. In addition, it has been hypothesized that the strains of T. gondii involved might influence the severity of toxoplasmosis. Recent studies indicate that the strains of T. gondii from South America are phenotypically and genetically different from those in Europe and North America[4, 5]. Information obtained from studies in Brazil and some recent studies in Colombia indicate that a similar scenario might apply to both countries with severe clinical consequences in congenitally infected children.
Although Colombia has the third greatest human population of South America (47 million habitants) and harbors one of the highest biodiversities in the world, there is no systematic review of the literature for studies on toxoplasmosis. Here, we review toxoplasmosis in humans and animals from Colombia and highlight the need for further studies on toxoplasmosis as a real public health problem.
History and introduction
Historically, T. gondii was first found in a Colombia in a naturally infected guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) but little else was known until Roca-García et al. published the first detailed description of a case of congenital toxoplasmosis in a 40 day-old girl born to an apparently healthy mother from Bogota, Colombia. The child had classical Sabin’s tetrad symptoms of congenital toxoplasmosis including bilateral chorioretinitis, hydrocephalus, cerebral calcifications, jaundice, hepatomegaly and splenomegaly. T. gondii was isolated from the cerebrospinal fluid by bioassay in mice and the strain was found to be virulent for mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and pigeons. These authors provided an update of toxoplasmosis in children worldwide at that time.
The need for prenatal screening of women was recognized in 1970’s, and Restrepo et al. made an initial attempt to screen 120 women. They found that half of the women were seronegative and 8.3% became seropositive during pregnancy; viable T. gondii was isolated from 10 of 30 placentas obtained from these women. These observations eventually led to the first national serological study in the general population, in 1980, and then to a multicenter study of congenital toxoplasmosis.
Varela and Roca performed the first serological survey in Indian Guambias in Cauca, Colombia by using the Sabin Feldman dye test (SF). Feldman, coauthor of the SF test, reported that T. gondii seroprevalence in Colombia was approximately four times that in the USA. He tested sera from military recruits and found that seroprevalence was 50% of 2,803 from Colombia, 56% of 2,023 from Brazil, and 14% 2,680 from the USA using the SF test. These findings are of historic importance because we are not aware of any other study where prevalence has been compared in humans (all males) of one age group from three countries by one laboratory using identical methodology.
Technical features of serological tests used for detection of T. gondii antibodies in humans and animals in Colombia
Sabin Feldman dye test, SF
Indirect haemagglutination, IHAT
Indirect haemagglutination, IHAT
Behringwerke, Germany (Note, these company have merged into CSL Behring) http://www.cslbehring.com
Indirect haemagglutination, IHAT
Indirect fluorescent antibody, IFAT
2, 3, 5
Indirect fluorescent antibody, IFAT
Cappel Laboratories, Cochranville PA, USA
Indirect fluorescent antibody, IFAT
CSL Behring, Germany http://www.cslbehring.com
Indirect fluorescent antibody, IFAT
Whole formaldehyde- fixed tachyzoites
National Institute of Health, Santa fé de Bogotá, Colombia http://www.ins.gov.co
2, 3, 4, 5
Modified Agglutination, MAT
Formalin-treated whole tachyzoites
Biomérieux, Craponne, France http://www.biomerieux.com
Immunosorbent Agglutination Assay test, ISAGA
Biomérieux, Craponne, France http://www.biomerieux.com
Enzyme linked fluorescent assay, ELFA VIDAS® EBV IgG, IgM
Biomérieux, Craponne, France http://www.biomerieux.com
2, 3, 4
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA
1. Micro ELISA
2. TOXO IgG Detect ELISA Kit
BioKit, Barcelona, Spain http://www.biokit.com
3. Toxoplasma ELISA IgG, IgM
Vircell S.L., Grenade, Spain http://www.vircell.com
2, 3, 4
4. Plateia TOXO IgG, IgM
Bio-Rad, Marnes-la-Coquette, France http://www.bio-rad.com
2, 3, 4
5. Human® Toxo-IgG
Human Biochemica und Diagnostica mbH, Wiesbaden, Germany http://www.human.de/de
MEIA Microparticle Enzyme Immunoassay, AxSYM Toxo IgG, IgM
Abbott Laboratories, Illinois, USA http://www.abbott.com
2, 3, 4
Using the key terms “Toxoplasma [and] Colombia” and “Toxoplasmosis [and] Colombia” to search publications from 1944 to 2014, we queried PubMed, Medline, SciELO and Google Scholar. National and international scientific journals were systematically reviewed and originals of all papers were consulted. After excluding summaries of conference reports, 90 publications met our selection criteria, including original articles (64), clinical trials (5), case reports (19) and reviews (2).
Toxoplasmosis in humans
Seroprevalence and correlates of infection
Studies of seroprevalence of T. gondii in human populations conducted in Colombia
Area on the map
No. positive (%)
Low risk groups
D.C, BOL, ATL, CAL, ANT
Patients with diverse ailments
Patients from Tunja Hospital
Soldiers from several regions
Pregnant women, nationwide survey
Pregnant women (National Institute of Health)
Women of reproductive age
Individuals without contact with dogs
ELISA (>10 UI/ml)
University students without ocular lesion
ELISA (>10 UI/ml)
University students with ocular lesion
ELISA (>1 UI)
National Institute of Health of Colombia
ELISA (>10 UI/ml)
Adult and child population
ELISA (>9 UI/ml)
Patients with clinical toxoplasmosis
Handlers of slaughterhouses
Pregnant women with a history of abortion
ELFA (>8 UI/ml)
Patients with uveitis
ELISA (>9 UI/ml)
ELISA (>10 UI/ml)
HIV patients with cerebral toxoplasmosis
ELISA (>10 UI/ml)
Handlers in slaughterhouses
ELFA (>8 UI/ml)
Soldiers operating in jungle
Urban soldiers operating in Bogotá
Colombian newborn screening of Toxoplasma
IC-ELISA (OD 8)
Correlates of seroprevalence of T. gondii in human population in Colombia
Population studied (location)
No. positive (%)
Correlates of infection
Healthy, mentally ill and other pathologies (Bogotá)
Patients with various disorders, >41 years old
Blood donors (Medellín)
16–30 years old
Pregnant women (Quindío)
Ownership and contact with cats, consumption of raw meat, 39 – 44 years old
Pregnant women (Villavicencio)
Contact with stray cats
Pregnant women (Cali)
30–39 years old, low socioeconomic level
Group volunteers Colombia – Italy
Asymptomatic population (Manizales)
50–69 years old
Asymptomatic population (Pasto)
Adults, geographical differences, association with geohelminth infections
Handlers in slaughterhouses (Medellín)
Pig meat handlers 33–37 years old
Pregnant women with a history of abortion (Sincelejo)
Handlers in slaughterhouses
Ingestion of raw meat, exposure to animals, contact with soil
Soldiers in operations in the Amazon rainforest (Bogotá)
Geographical differences, untreated water consumption, consumption of wild meat
Colombian newborn screening of Toxoplasma
Rate of annual rainfall, geographical differences
Incidence of toxoplasmosis on seroconversion or acute markers rates in different Serological studies in Colombia (1994–2014)
Handlers in slaughterhouses
Newborns (seven regions of the country)
There are several reports of T. gondii seroprevalence in the general human population, most of them based on convenience samples. A national study, using the indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT, cut-off 1:16), found an overall prevalence of 47.1% (4,304/9,139), with similar proportions in men (47.9%) and women (46.3%) and an increased risk of infection among pregnant women. They stated that seropositivity in 0–9 year old children was 32% (604 of 1,890) with similar prevalence in males (32.6%) and females (31.9%). The data in this report are difficult to interpret because, in most instances, only percentages of seropositivity are given without the number of subjects studied; there is a need for a new updated, population based study.
Data collected with respect to correlates of infection are also summarized in Table 3.
Handlers in slaughterhouses in Colombia were characterized as an occupational risk group[31, 37, 39], whereas this association was not established in Villavicencio veterinarians. The presence of cats, geographical differences, age, environmental exposure, co-infection with Ascaris lumbricoides, sociocultural characteristics, educational level, untreated drinking water and ingestion of meat from wild animals are epidemiological factors that have been associated with human toxoplasmosis in Colombia. Unrelated factors included physical condition, gender, consumption of undercooked pork, socio-demographic conditions and altitude.
Various mathematical models of transmission dynamics of T. gondii in Colombia suggest a synergy between endemic levels of infection between cats and humans. Consequently, the control of the feral feline population would have a significant effect on parasite dispersion by reducing environmental contamination by oocysts. However, controlling the feral cat population does not interrupt T. gondii propagation because of the proximate relationship between inoculum and infection, which is increased by the dispersion of T. gondii oocysts in water, which can even reach locales without a definitive host.
Post-natally acquired infections
Restrepo mentioned a foodborne outbreak of toxoplasmosis. Lymphadenopathy and fever were observed in 11 of the 30 persons who participated in a barbecue where pork was the main food offered in 2005 in Jericó, Antioquia. Affected people became sick 10 to 15 days after the party and they were stated to have IgM T. gondii antibodies, but no other details were given. Thus, critical evidence concerning diagnosis is missing and it is unfortunate that these findings were mentioned in passing.
A waterborne outbreak of toxoplasmosis was reported in 18 individuals, 24 to 33 year old male Colombian soldiers deployed in a remote area in La Macarena, Meta. All patients had cervical lymphadenopathy, one had myocarditis, one had pneumonia, and one had diarrhea. All patients had high (>1024) IgM and IgG T. gondii antibodies. They were hospitalized, treated with pyrimethamine, sulfadoxine, and clindamycin, and all recovered. Drinking water contaminated with oocysts was thought to be the source of infection.
A well planned epidemiological investigation revealed that 80% of 501 Colombian soldiers operating in a jungle were seropositive to T. gondii and four (0.8%) had chorio-retinal lesions compared with 45% seropostivity in 501 soldiers deployed in urban Bogota, and only one (0.19%) had chorioretinitis. Drinking water was considered to be the source of higher seropositivity in jungle deployed soldiers.
Pregnancy and congenital disease
Initial studies concerning acquired toxoplasmosis during pregnancy reported rates of 1.3% to 8.4% in different regions of Colombia (Table 4). Regardless of geographical region, the proportions were similar in studies based on double increase of IgG levels (by ELISA or IFAT technique) or with specific detection of IgM and IgA antibodies (Tables 2 and4).
Clinical toxoplasmosis in congenitally-infected children in Colombia
Type of sample
Neurological symptoms and signs (%)
Ocular symptoms and signs (%)
Referred cases (1955–1975), confirmed by necropsy (21 cases) or with serological studies
Male 25 (56.8)
Microcephaly and cerebral calcifications: 30 (68.1)
Referred cases confirmed by IFAT test
Male 17 (63.0)
Microcephaly: 20 (74.0) Neurological psicomotor deficit: 22 (81.5) Electroencephalogram changes: 8/14 (57.0)
Strabismus: 9 (33.0) Cataract: 1 (3.7) Chorioretinitis 11(40.7)
Children prenatal screening
Referred cases confirmed by IFAT and ISAGA test
Calcification, hydrocephaly or microcephaly: 12 (44.4)
Chorioretinitis 11 (40.7)
Children prenatal or newborn screening
26 (17 by screening and 11 symptomatic)
2 screened <6 mo. of age (11.7%) 1 of 11 symptomatic (9%).
17 screened 4 of 11 symptomatic (36%)
13 screened 4 symptomatic (30%)
26 screened 7 symptomatic (26.9%)
Newborn screening in referral hospital
1 (Respiratory distress syndrome)
Newborn screening in community hospitals
Armenia Barranquilla Riohacha Cucuta Bogota BucaramangaFlorencia
National multicentric newborn screening
218 (1.4) by criteria for confirmation assays (109; 50% by confirmatory assays; 15 (13.7%) by congenital infection and 3/15 newborns with prenatal treatment
4/15 (26.6) calcifications; 1/15 (6.6) hydrocephaly
3/15 (20.0) chorioretinitis
1/15 (6.6) splenomegaly
Colombian gynecologists currently use molecular methods to determine the fetal transmission of T. gondii. DNA of T. gondii was detected in 10.1% of amniotic fluid by amplification of the B1 gene in positive samples of mothers with serological criteria for acute toxoplasmosis in Bogotá. PCR on maternal blood samples is not a confirmatory test of fetal infection; nevertheless, a PCR-B1 assay described a positivity of 12% in blood samples of positive pregnant women from Sincelejo. Moreover, a serologic test (ELISA ELFA) showed in the same location seroconversion of 2% during gestational control and neonatal mortality and exposed the burden of congenital toxoplasmosis in the Caribbean region.
As mentioned in the introduction, the severity of congenital toxoplasmosis has been recognized in Colombia since 1949, when the first case was diagnosed and reported in 1951[8, 30, 51–53]. Ophthalmic complications also have been reported as strabismus and bilateral chorioretinal scars, hydranencephaly, vitreous hyper-echogenicity, severe hydrocephalus and neuro-ophthalmic infection.
Because until now there was no planned T. gondii screening program to follow pregnant women and infected children, the information on clinical toxoplasmosis in children in Colombia is fragmentary. Here, we attempted to summarize available information in Table 5. Although these reports were based on sporadic cases from Colombian referral centers, it is likely that the apparent clinical severity is associated with geographical differences. Indeed, the multicenter study, with 25 cohorts of infected mothers from Europe, North America, and South America, provided unexpected results and concluded that ocular risk (47%) and intracranial lesions (53%) among Colombian children far exceeded that of European children (14% and 9% respectively).
There is no depository of T. gondii isolates from Colombia. One T. gondii isolate (designated CIBMUQ/HDC) from blood of a congenitally infected child in Quindío, Armenia has been deposited in the French National Collection. The infected child was born to a 13-year old mother when she was in the 33 week of gestation. The child had hepato-splenomegaly and icterus. Viable T. gondii was isolated from the peripheral blood buffy coat of the child by bioassay in mice and cell culture. The strain was mouse-virulent and genotype I (see section on genotyping).
In Colombia, risk factors associated with congenital infection are contact with cats[24, 33], spatial dispersion of T. gondii by domestic cats, eating undercooked meat or ingesting untreated water, living in households in marginal areas, socio-economic status and geographic differences and rainfall (Table 3).
In Cali, the Institute for Deaf and Blind Children lists toxoplasmic chorioretinitis as the second leading cause of congenital blindness, and it is the third leading cause according to the ophthalmologic evaluation of infants under 16 years of age (19/127), affecting a higher proportion of girls between six months and six years of age (63.2%), and three cases of ocular toxoplasmosis occur per 100,000 inhabitants in Quindío.
Chorioretinal lesions were diagnosed in patients from rural and urban areas of Bogotá, and in 6% (12/200) of the student population of the University of Quindío. Posterior uveitis (67.2%), panuveitis (46.6%) and unilateral (79.0%) lesions were observed in 39.5% (109/276) in two Colombian referral centers in Quindío and Bogotá. Active lesions (45.0%) and recurrent retinochoroiditis (59.3%) are responsible for decreased visual acuity in 60.5% of cases with remarkable visual dysfunction in bilateral condition.
In recurrent ocular toxoplasmosis, atypical uveitis is the most common complication. Episodes of recurrence can occur at approximately 11 year intervals and are associated with the presentation of inactive chorioretinal lesions and antibiotic therapy without accompanying steroid treatment.
An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 new cases of toxoplasmosis in positive HIV patients occur annually in Colombia, with cerebral toxoplasmosis (CT) as the main complication. Toxoplasma seropositivity was recorded in patients from Bogotá (15/16 cases) and in 54 cases from Cúcuta, with a post-diagnosis survival of 50%. In a study of 821 autopsies in one hospital in Santander from 2004–2007, T. gondii –associated lesions and parasites were found in 17 (28.3%) of 60 cases of HIV infected persons and a single case report in Huila. Brain tomography, IgG antibody detection, detection of T. gondii DNA in peripheral blood are considered effective for the diagnosis of CT[36, 75].
CT shows effects on consciousness, neural disorders and orientation and complications may occur, including chorioretinitis with opacity of the optic nerve, and infection of the spinal cord with involvement of lower limb motor function; T. gondii tachyzoites were identified immunohistochemically in biopsy of the thoracic spinal cord.
Toxoplasmosis in animals
Four months after a flock of Blackface sheep imported from Great Britain disembarked in Colombia, premature births and abortions occurred within the first 48 hours after birth; bioassays in mice and the histopathological analysis of fetal and placental products identified T. gondii, and 44 females tested positive by indirect hemagglutination tests. It was speculated that ewes might have become infected with T. gondii during prolonged quarantine, and stress of transportation in Great Britain during transit to Colombia might have caused abortion.
As part of rabies surveillance, brains of animals suspected to have rabies from 1967–1972 were examined for Negri bodies and by mouse inoculation: T. gondii was found in 2 of 235 cats, 8 of 772 dogs, 3 of 93 rats and 1 of 1 guinea pig. The clinical significance of these findings is uncertain.
We are not aware of any other reports of clinical toxoplasmosis in Colombia.
Serological and parasitological prevalence
Seroprevalence studies of T. gondii in domestic animals in Colombia
Area on the map
Serologic test (cut-off)
No. positive (%)
Isolation of viable T. gondii from tissues of animals in Colombia
Seroprevalence in cats deserves special attention because of the epidemiological importance as definite host of T. gondii. Jewell et al. surveyed people and pet cats from Medellin; 112 (62%) of 181 cats had dye test antibodies with titers of 8 in 16, 32 in 34, 128 in 38, and 512 in 24 cats. Montoya et al. reported IFAT antibodies in 25 of 28 cats from the city of Armenia, but little else was said of the cats surveyed nor of the IFAT titer. Dubey et al. reported T. gondii antibodies in 52 (30.5%) of 170 cats with titers of 1:20 in 10, 1:40 in 7, 1:80 in 4, 1:160 in 8, 1:320 in 6, and 1:640 in 17. Thus, most of the cats had high titers; 21 (84%) of 25 cats from Armenia were seropositive compared with 31 (21.3%) from Bogota. Viable T. gondii was isolated from tissues of 15 of 42 cats with MAT titers of 1:40, but not from any of the 90 cats with titers of 1:20 or lower.
As of yet, viable T. gondii oocysts have not been demonstrated in cat feces in Colombia. Oocysts were not found by microscopic examination or by bioassay of feces of the 170 cats from Armenia and Bogota. Montoya et al. found T. gondii-like oocysts in 18 of 28 cats from Armenia, but there is no evidence to judge the validity of the findings. Herrera et al. said that they isolated T. gondii from the feces of a cat but there is no other information about the cat and method of isolation. With respect to the demonstration of T. gondii oocysts, bioassay is essential because there are other T. gondii-like parasites in cat feces.
Food animals as sources of infection
Poultry, beef, pork and mutton are the most important sources of meat consumed by humans in Colombia. Only limited information is available concerning the prevalence of T. gondii in food animals (Table 6). Two surveys that were performed more than 30 years ago indicated a high prevalence of antibodies in cattle in Medellin (Table 6). A relatively recent study reported 140 (35.3%) of 397 cattle from Manizales were seropositive using a cut-off of 1:32 in the IFAT. Cattle are considered a poor host for T. gondii and it is extremely rare to isolate viable T. gondii from beef. Moreover, several serological tests, including the IFAT and IHAT used give a false positive unless the cut-off is high. Thus, the role of beef in the epidemiology of T. gondii is uncertain.
A high prevalence (57.9%) of antibodies was recorded in sheep in six regions of the country (Table 6), but this study was done more than 35 years ago. T. gondii infections in pigs had been recorded in 1979 and 1981 but these are also old studies[90, 91]. More recently, T. gondii antibodies were found in 15.3% of 797 > 8 months old pigs from Caldas. The same study reported T. gondii antibodies in 15.6% of 955 chickens. There is no information with respect to T. gondii infection in goats used for meat.
Currently, there is a great public interest in food safety and the presence of viable T. gondii in meat. Serological surveys from slaughtered animals and the detection of parasite DNA in meat do not provide a true assessment of risk to humans because conditions for storage and treatment of meat from the time of slaughter and consumption affect the viability of parasites. Therefore, studies are needed to detect the presence of viable T. gondii in meat from retail meat markets. Lora et al. found T. gondii DNA by PCR in 95 (52.7%) of 180 (60 samples each) meat samples (42 pork, 29 beef, 24 chicken meat). This is an alarming rate of contamination of meat samples from retail stores and needs confirmation.
Contamination of the environment with T. gondii
There are no specific data on the contamination of the soil and the environment with T. gondii oocysts in Colombia. However, the high seroprevalence of T. gondii in cats suggests that the environment is likely to be contaminated, because cats that are seropositive have shed oocysts. Although T. gondii oocysts are shed for only 1–2 weeks in the life of the cat, millions of oocysts can be shed and they can survive outdoors for months.
Seroprevalence of T. gondii in free range chickens (small farms) is more indicative of soil contamination, because chickens feed from the ground, than as a food source for the main population. Seroprevalence in 77 free range chickens from 9 farms was 32.4%, using a MAT titer of 20, and viable T. gondii was isolated from 15 of the seropositive chickens. Seropositive chickens were found on all properties, indicating widespread soil contamination in rural Quindío, Colombia.
The high seroprevalence of T. gondii in herbivores (Table 6) also indicates that the rural environment is also contaminated with oocysts. For example, the ingestion of oocysts is the main mode of transmission of T. gondii in sheep.
Dogs have been used as sentinel animals for estimating T. gondii infection in the environment because of their close contact with humans. Actually, dogs were found to be risk factor for T. gondii infection in people in Panama. Dogs are known to eat cat feces and roll over in cat feces. Thus, their fur becomes contaminated with oocysts and children can become infected by petting infected dogs. In dogs, the prevalence for T. gondii was recorded in Bogota and Manizales; gender, age, race and type of feeding showed no significant correlation[23, 81, 91].
Recently, attention has been drawn to the prevalence of T. gondii in bats and epidemics of bat mortality. Most bat species are insectivores and live in caves. Thus, infection in these bats indicates contamination of caves by oocysts. In this respect, two of 38 Artibeus lituratus bats captured in Tibú, Santander had dye test antibodies.
Genetic characterization of T. gondii strains from Colombia
Information on genetic typing is summarized here. The quality of DNA is important for genetic typing and complete data can be obtained only from DNA extracted from large numbers of viable parasites, usually cell or mouse-cultured organisms. More limited information can be obtained on DNA extracted directly from tissues of asymptomatic animals. Humans become infected with T. gondii mostly by consumption of uncooked meat or the oocysts. Therefore, information on genotypes of isolates from animals, especially cats, is relevant to human infections.
Different methods have been used to type the isolates. Earlier information was obtained using serotyping and polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) with only SAG2 marker[85, 95]. Gallego et al. detected T. gondii DNA in 50 of 146 samples from humans and animals but did not identify the samples of each species tested. Of the 50 PCR-positive samples, they characterized 33 samples using the SAG2 gene; 14 human samples (6 congenital infection, 3 HIV patients, 1 ocular toxoplasmosis, 3 pregnant women, 1 case of myositis), 2 Myarchus cephalotes, 15 cats (8 brains, 6 hearts, 1 fecal sample), 1 Didelphis marsupialis, and 1 guinea pig. It is really unfortunate that details of hosts and samples were not stated. By using the SAG2 gene, 31 of 33 samples were genotype SAG2 type I. Now we know that SAG2 typing in strains from South America is insufficient because of the polymorphic nature of the strains in this region need multilocus analysis. One of these strains (CIBMUQ/HDC) from the congenitally infected child was subsequently typed using six microsatellite markers (TUB2, TgM-A, W35487, BM189462, BM175053, N82375) and it was found to be type I; it is mouse virulent.
Genotypes of T. gondii from cats, dogs, chickens from Colombia based on 11 RFLP markers 
Toxo DB typea
No. of isolates
10 (Type I)
TgCtCo 2, 7
TgCtCo 12, 13; TgDgCo3
TgCtCo 1; TgCkCo5
TgCkCo6,8,10,12,13,15,21,23,24; TgCtCo 4,10,11; TgDgCo17
Before the discovery of the methods to genotype, T. gondii strains were grouped as virulent or avirulent for mice. Howe and Sibley proposed that T. gondii isolates can be grouped in to three types (I, II, III) based on RFLP typing, and that most strains were clonal. Additionally, Type I strains were 100% lethal for mice, whereas Types II and III were less pathogenic. Recent studies have shown that T. gondii isolates are genetically diverse, particularly those from Brazil and Colombia. Now more than 200 genotypes of T. gondii are known; most of these are from South America, and there is an International Toxoplasma data base (http://www.toxodb.org) to record the different genotypes. Here, we have used the ToxoDB to record genotypes from Colombia (Table 8).
Additionally, T. gondii isolates from Colombia and Brazil were phenotypically different; 80% of T. gondii strains from Colombia were 100% lethal to outbred mice (Table 7), but only two were not Type I.
Currently, there is great scientific interest in finding the molecular basis of pathogenicity of T. gondii isolates. Now several genes, including ROP18, are found associated with virulence, but mouse virulence may not apply to all hosts.
As stated earlier, most of the T. gondii virulence studies have focused on infections in mice. Recently, scientists in Colombia have attempted to correlate severity of clinical toxoplasmosis in patients with genetic make of the strain and host responses (cytokine production), and found that the virulent allele of T. gondii ROP18 in ocular toxoplasmosis was correlated with severe ocular inflammatory response. This study additionally found that the cytokine profile in Colombian patients with ocular toxoplasmosis was deviated to a Th2 profile; instead, French patients had a Th1 preferential response. Altogether, these results indicate that some Colombian strains cause more severe ocular toxoplasmosis due to an inhibition of the protective effect of IFN-γ. These findings afford new research avenues to revert the Th2 deviated immune response in patients with severe forms of ocular toxoplasmosis.
Conclusions and perspective
From the information summarized here, it is evident that the toxoplasmosis is a major public health problem and more than half of the women of child bearing age are seronegative for T. gondii and at risk of exposure to Toxoplasma during pregnancy and congenital transmission to their fetuses. Additionally, the clinical disease in congenitally infected children is more severe in Colombia than in Europe. It is tempting to speculate that severity of toxoplasmosis in children is, in part, related to unusual genetic types of T. gondii circulating in Brazil and Colombia. However, only one strain of T. gondii from a congenitally infected child from Colombia has been genotyped. Although most studies on toxoplasmosis in Colombia are limited to one region, studies during prenatal and newborn programs with adequate follow up of children are needed in order to ascertain the extent of clinical damage to children and to correlate with strain genetic typing. Evaluation of the current official, evidence-based guidelines will be needed to evaluate the impact on reducing the burden and sequelae of congenital infection. Little is known of sources of infection with T. gondii in humans and animals in Colombia. The level of contamination of the environment by oocysts and the percentage of food animals infected with viable T. gondii is also unknown. Colombia has vast rural areas and diverse wildlife. Virtually, nothing is known of the role of wildlife in the circulation of T. gondii.
The authors thank Edilson de Oliveira Bernardino and Marcia Pereira de Miranda, Bibliographical Sector Switching, University of São Paulo, Brazil for bibliographical support and Bruna Pinto by map designer (http://www.behance.net/mapastcc), and Dr. Chunlei Su for his advice regarding genetic typing data in Table 8. The senior author (WAC-F) is recipient of postdoctoral fellowship funding (process number 2012/25180-9) Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo/São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil.
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