MIAMI – If you are not a "cat person", it will not change your mind. If you are, you may want to look away.
Scientists say that cats are spreading by the parasite and are now transported by more than two billion people (60 million in the US), which can cause schizophrenia.
Usually harmless T. gondii parasite is distributed to humans in contact with cat litter and uncooked meat Daily mail reports.
However, a new study indicates that the parasite increases the risk of schizophrenia by 50 percent.
Using data from over 80,000 Danish blood donors, scientists sought the presence of T. gondii. The parasite was found in a quarter of donors, and 61% had a similar parasite that "also showed similar evidence of cognitive impairment."
The study found that patients infected with T. gondii were 50% more likely to diagnose schizophrenia.
Scientists believe that a parasite can interfere with the action of amino acids called tryptophan, which leads to the secretion of metabolites found in people with schizophrenia.
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