Epidemiology of the Toxoplasma gondii:
.....This is a zoonosis affecting almost all mammalian carnivores and mammals in contact with cats. The cat is the definitive host because the sexual reproductive cycle of toxoplasmosis occurs only in the intestinal epithelial cells of cats.
Humans become infected in several ways:
- ingestion of oocysts through contamination of food, hands, etc. with cat feces.
Toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma gondii) - McGill University
Toxoplasma gondii and schizophrenia. [Emerg Infect Dis. 2003] - PubMed ResultScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2008) — Findings from what is believed to be the largest comparison of blood samples collected from healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia suggest that infection with the common Toxoplasma gondii parasite, carried by cats and farm animals, may increase the risk of schizophrenia.
Toxoplasma Infection Increases Risk Of Schizophrenia, Study Suggests
I have some of those in my sewers, want one?rats are the best pets
I just felt like pointing that out to all you cat lovers :evil:@PCXL: Come one man! Almost everything has the potential to carry diseases, some more then others, but we just have to live with it Can't cocoon yourself in a bacteria-free plastic bag for your whole life can you? :lol: