parasite carried by cats may have infected 60 million people
Reporter Brin Merkley went On Special Assignment to find out about a mind controlling parasite that can live without a cat, how it manipulates personality and possibly suicide numbers. may be carrying it.
The parasite has been shown to cause personality changes, correlating with mental health diseases like schizophrenia, autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
University of Montana Microbiology Professor Bill Granath tells KPAX TV thatsome studies have also found women to be more prone to suicide.
a very insidious, some of the studies that you can read, how the parasite can attack certain nerves and manipulate various neurotransmitters and cause various mental illnesses. I guess you call it states, he explained.
Studies have shown increased recklessness in the infected human population who also have a slightly higher rate of traffic accidents.
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Various studies also adidas ACE cleats for kids correlate toxoplasmosis with suicide in veterinarians and while nothing says definitively that the phenomenon is caused by the parasite some believe there is a link.
Veterinarian Trevor Ferguson says suicide is one of the first things students are warned about it school.
occupation does carry a risk with some zoonotic diseases that humans can get and animals can get. But, probably as far as suicide rates, it probably more associated with stress than it has to do with zoonotic diseases, he told us.
Granath says in biology an outcome is not always caused by just a single thing, so it hard to say without more research.
gondii plus genetics equals suicide.
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will actually walk up to cats, and of course they will then get eaten by the cat, and the cat will get infected with the parasite, Granath said.
it almost seems like the parasite is manipulating the intermediate host to enhance its transmission to the next host or the cat, he added.
Granath says cats are the parasites favorite host because it the only all black soccer cleats host animal where Toxoplasma gondii cam efficiently replicate itself.
The parasites eggs are shed in the cat feces, and whether that in a litterbox, or outside in the environment, the eggs are often accidentally ingested by humans.
While it something to be aware of, it not a reason to panic, according to Ferguson.
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