The accumulation of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts, found in cat feces, may be a much bigger problem than we realize because of their apparent long life and their association with some diseases - E Fuller Torrey, MD


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Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most widespread zoonotic pathogens in the world. Toxoplasma is a protozoal parasite that can infect almost any warm-blooded animal, including humans. In most people and animals, infection doesn’t cause any illness at all, and after the initial infection, the body usually produces strong immunity which protects it from subsequent Toxoplasma infection. Problems arise when infection occurs in a person with a weakened immune system. For example, toxoplasmosis (i.e. illness due to Toxoplasma) has been a major problem in HIV/AIDS patients, although better HIV treatments have decrased the incidence of the disease in this group in recent years. Toxoplasma can also cause…

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