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      Toxoplasma gondii infection and toxoplasmosis in North Africa: a review Translated title: Infection par Toxoplasma gondii et toxoplasmose en Afrique du Nord : synthèse Translated title: الاصابة بالطفيلي توكسوبلازما غوندي ( Toxoplasma gondii ) وبداء المقوسات في شمال إفريقيا : توليف


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          Toxoplasmosis is an important zoonosis caused by an obligate intracellular parasitic protozoan, Toxoplasma gondii. The disease is distributed worldwide and can affect all warm-blooded vertebrates, including humans. The present review aimed to collect, compile and summarize the data on the prevalence of T. gondii infection in humans and animals in the five North African countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt). Published data from national and international databases were used. Distribution patterns and risk factors for T. gondii infection are discussed, focusing on biotic and abiotic factors. This review is a comprehensive epidemiological analysis of T. gondii infection in North Africa and will therefore be a useful tool for researchers. It can also be used to propose or enhance appropriate national toxoplasmosis control programs.

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          La toxoplasmose est une zoonose importante causée par un protozoaire parasite intracellulaire obligatoire, Toxoplasma gondii. La maladie est répandue dans le monde entier, chez tous les vertébrés à sang chaud, y compris les humains. La présente étude visait à collecter, compiler et résumer les données sur la prévalence de l’infection par T. gondii chez l’homme et les animaux dans les cinq pays d’Afrique du Nord (Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie, Libye et Égypte). Les données publiées dans des bases de données nationales et internationales ont été utilisées. Les schémas de distribution et les facteurs de risque d’infection par T. gondii sont discutés, en se concentrant sur les facteurs biotiques et abiotiques. Cette synthèse est une analyse épidémiologique complète de l’infection par T. gondii en Afrique du Nord et sera donc un outil intéressant pour les chercheurs. Elle peut également être utilisée pour proposer ou renforcer des programmes nationaux appropriés de contrôle de la toxoplasmose.

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          داء المقوسات هو مرض مشترك هام يسببه طفيلي وحيد الخلية اجبارى داخل خلوى، توكسوبلازما غوندي ( Toxoplasma gondii ). تنتشر هذه الاصابة في جميع أنحاء العالم وعند جميع الفقريات ذوات الدم الحار بما في ذالك الانسان. تهدف هذه الدراسة الببليوغرافية إلى جمع وتصنيف وتلخيص البيانات الحالية حول نسبة الاصابة بالطفيلي توكسوبلازما غوندي ( Toxoplasma gondii ) لدى الانسان والحيوان في بلدان شمال إفريقيا الخمسة (المغرب والجزائر وتونس وليبيا ومصر) .تم استعمال المعلومات المنشورة بقاعدات البيانات الوطنية و العالمية كما تمت مناقشة أنماط التوزيع وعوامل خطر الاصابة بالطفيلي توكسوبلازما غوندي ( Toxoplasma gondii ) مع التركيز على العوامل الحياتية و الغير حياتية.

          تمثل هذه الدراسة تحليلاً وبائياً شاملاً للإصابة بالطفيلي توكسوبلازما غوندي ( Toxoplasma gondii ) في شمال إفريقيا. وبذلك فإن هذه الدراسة هي أداة مفيدة للباحثين. كما يمكن استعمالها كي يتم اقتراح او تعزيز برامج وطنية مناسبة لمكافحة داء المقوسات.

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                EDP Sciences
                15 February 2019
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                [1 ] Laboratoire de Parasitologie, Univ. Manouba, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire de Sidi Thabet 2020 Sidi Thabet Tunisia
                [2 ] Université des Frères Mentouri, Constantine 1, Institut des Sciences Vétérinaires Route de Batna El Khroub 25100 Constantine Algérie
                [3 ] Department of Animal Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Assiut University 71526 Assiut Egypt
                [4 ] International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) P.O. Box, 950764 Amman 11195 Jordan
                [5 ] Laboratoire de Parasitologie Médicale, Biotechnologie et Biomolécules, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Université Tunis El Manar BPO 74 1002 Tunis Tunisia
                [6 ] International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) P.O. Box 5689 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
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                [* ]Corresponding author: gharbim2000@ 123456yahoo.fr
                parasite180115 10.1051/parasite/2019006
                © Rouatbi et al., published by EDP Sciences, 2019

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Figures: 10, Tables: 6, Equations: 0, References: 130, Pages: 20
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