One third of the world's human population is estimated to carry a Toxoplasma infection. Studies have been conducted that show the toxoplasmosis parasite may affect behavior and may present as or be a causative or contributory factor in various psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
Scientists uncover process enabling toxoplasmosis parasite to survive homelessness
The parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis requires a stress response system that helps it survive the move to infect new cells, Indiana University School of Medicine scientists have reported, a discovery that could lead to new treatments to control the disease.Scientists uncover process enabling toxoplasmosis parasite to survive homelessness
Monsters Inside Me: Toxoplasma Parasite : Video : Animal Planet
The Toxoplasma parasite, which is nearly indestructible, enters the body when humans ingest infected cat feces. It can do serious damage to a weakened immune system, eating the body's tissues from the inside out.Monsters Inside Me: Toxoplasma Parasite : Video : Animal Planet