AFFLICTION WITH TOXOPLASMOSIS AMONG INFERTILE MEN IN KAMAL AL-SAMARAEE HOSPITAL, BAGHDAD CITY

Abstract

Toxoplasmosis is a zoonotic disease of human and animal, caused by the opportunisticprotozoan Toxoplasma gondii. The present study was performed in Kamal AL-SamaraeeHospital, in Baghdad city during the period from the first of October 2011 till the end ofJanuary 2012. In this cross sectional study, ELISA technique was used for the detection ofIgM and IgG in 110 infertile men aged from 25 to 59 years. Out of the total number ofinfertile men, the results showed that 46 (41.81%) were positive for toxoplasmosis, with ahigher frequency in the age group (35-39) years. Among those seropositive results, therewere 43cases (93.47%) with decreased level of testosterone, 26 cases (56.52%) withabnormal sperms morphology, 31cases (67.39%) with decreased sperm count and 34 cases(73.91%) with abnormal sperm motility.