Wildlife Disease News

Some schizophrenia cases ‘may be attributable to T. gondii infection’

A parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis — Toxoplasma gondii — may be involved in the cause of around a fifth of schizophrenia cases in the U.S. This is according to a new study published in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that around 60 million people in the U.S. may be infected with T. gondii. Infection most commonly occurs through eating undercooked, contaminated meat, drinking contaminated water and coming into contact with cat feces that contain T. gondii.

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