Wildlife Disease News: Australia

Toxoplasmosis: How feral cats kill wildlife without lifting a paw

Cat and mouseFeral cats are a huge threat to our native wildlife, hunting and killing an estimated 75 million animals across Australia each and every night. But the killing spree doesn’t end there. There’s a parasite lurking in kitty’s litter that continues to kill wildlife long after the perpetrator has left the scene of the crime. Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a parasite spread by cats but one that also can infect any bird or mammal. Around one-third of humans worldwide are infected with the parasite, but the deadly effects on our wildlife are often overlooked.

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