Toxoplasmosis

T. gondii

Toxoplasmosis

(T. gondii)

A single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii causes a disease known as toxoplasmosis. While the parasite is found throughout the world, it is believed more than 60 million people in the United States may be infected with the Toxoplasma parasite.

The tick species pictured below and pathogens transmitted by them are a significant threat to human and animal health.

1st Photo

Ixodes texanus - University of Wisconsin- Madison

2nd Photo

Male Ixodes texanus- Georgia Southern University

Symptoms- Very Limited Information & Not Up To Date (CDC)

Info on the CDC Website is over 4 years old. It basically says no big deal and no treatment usually needed. Where have we heard that before?

Symptoms similar to flu or glandular fever, such as:

Actual Study Findings

"...the personality of infected men showed lower superego strength (rule consciousness) and higher vigilance (factors G and L on Cattell's 16PF). Thus, the men were more likely to disregard rules and were more expedient, suspicious, jealous, and dogmatic.

The personality of infected women, by contrast, showed higher warmth and higher superego strength (factors A and G on Cattell's 16PF), suggesting that they were more warm hearted, outgoing, conscientious, persistent, and moralistic. Both men and women had significantly higher apprehension (factor O) compared with the uninfected controls." Source- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2526142/

Last Update- March 2019

Lucy Barnes

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