Your Cat Could Kill You - But Not the Way You’d Expect

Toxoplasma gondii causes the disease toxoplasmosis and can infect nearly all warm-blooded animals. However, according to the CDC “domestic cats are the only known definitive hosts in which the parasite can undergo sexual reproduction.”

The CDC also reports that the Toxoplasma parasite may have infected 60 million+ people—just in the United States—and that the number one symptom is anger. 

What happens then?

The National Library of Medicine says "psychiatric patients have increased rates of toxoplasmic antibodies, the differences between cases and controls being greatest in individuals who are assayed near the time of the onset of their symptoms. The increase of dopamine in the brain of infected subjects can represent the missing link between toxoplasmosis and schizophrenia. Toxoplasmosis and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): the seropositivity rate for anti-T. gondii IgG antibodies among OCD patients is found to be significantly higher than the rate in healthy volunteers." 

But the furious bunch of cat lovers better watch out, because Toxoplasma gondii also can have some deadly consequences. The disease was first identified in humans in 1939. An infant girl with T.G. developed seizures and had chorioretinitis in both eyes at three days. She then developed encephalomyelitis and died. She was only a month old. 

Regarding Toxoplasma gondii, award-winning columnist Ina Hughs noted, "It seems to me that anger in America is dangerously high. And it's not just in supermarket parking lots. It's in every political conversation. It's in the church crowd where people try to out-God each other. It's among educators and parents over what to teach and how to teach it. Students are angry. Cops are angry. Medical professionals are angry. Conservatives are angry. Liberals are angry. Veterans are angry. Women are angry. African-Americans are angry. The rich are angry. Minimum-wage workers are angry. People with health care are angry. People without health care are angry. And Lord knows the presidential candidates are angry. And so are the voters—and the non-voters."

T. gondii can also be caused by consuming unwashed fruits and vegetables, raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and seafood. T. gondii. There is currently no human vaccine against Toxoplasma gondii in existence.

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