Toxoplasma prevalence in harvested wildlife in Nunavik, Northern Québec

We aim to assess the seroprevalence and risk factors for Toxoplasma in seals (Phoca hispida), geese (Chen caerulescens, Branta canadensis), ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus, Lagopus muta) and foxes (Vulpes lagopus, Vulpes vulpes) harvested in Nunavik. Detection of Toxoplasma DNA using a novel diagnostic technique that uses larger quantities of tissue will also be done. Finally, a survey will be conducted to assess local knowledge and risk perception of wildlife parasites. This information should help improve prevention and communication around wildlife parasites and the safety of country foods with respect to Toxoplasma in Nunavik. Determining whether or not Toxoplasma represents a potential health concern for subarctic and arctic wildlife populations could also be valuable for Inuit communities of Nunavik.

Metadata Access
Creator Jenkins, Emily; Bachand, Nicholas
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2016
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact nickbachand(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-79.000W, 55.000S, -64.500E, 65.500N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2015-04-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2016-06-01T00:00:00Z