Cats are many ideal pets regardless of their independence and behavior. For years, we have seen hundreds of cultures that worship kittens, but now that research is trying to destroy its image, ensuring that They have a parasite that could detonate schizophrenia in humans.
Toxoplasma gondii spreads among humans by communicating with cat litter and consuming raw meat.
The T. gondiias is well known, it usually does not hurt, but scientists at the University of Copenhagen conducted an investigation which seems to have proved the opposite; because the risk of developing schizophrenia increases by 50 percent for those infected with the virus.
University of Copenhagen specialists analyzed over 80,000 people In a Danish blood donor study, where they found 2,000 591 people with psychiatric disorders.
The analysis of infected people samples was led by Dr. Kristoffers Sølvsten Burgdorf, look for immunoglobulin antibody traces with the presence of T. gondii.
The team discovered a parasite in a fourth part of the population studied in Copenhagen, of which 61% were cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is also a virus causes cognitive deterioration.
The study found that those infected with T. gondii are almost 50% more likely to diagnose schizophrenia than those who fail.
It "confirms that Toxoplasma has a positive effect on the rate of schizophrenia", the researchers explained.
Dr. Burgdorf collaborators explained that for this reason they associate parasites with schizophreniamoreover, it is not related to any other mental disorder.
This parasite can inhibit the activity of an amino acid in a body called tryptophan, that would cause a large amount of metabolites such as kinurenic acid, a substance previously found in people with schizophrenia.
"Tryptophan is also a major serotonin precursor involved in depressive disorders"The author wrote.
According to Daily Mail media T. gondii parasite can cause a human infection called toxoplasmosis that causes flu-like symptoms; while women Pregnant women can suffer from miscarriage or stillbirth.
The University of Chicago said this Almost a third of the world's population is also infected with this virus, which can cause psychological harm.
This university The United States has 60 million people and the United Kingdom is 350,000.
A healthy immune system can fight it, so its symptoms are almost invisible.