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Livestock disease series: Toxoplasmosis


February 24, 2021

Toxoplasmosis is a disease that infects one-third of the world’s population, with many people never knowing it. However, the source of the infection might be living in several homes or barns right at this moment. Toxoplasmosis is caused by a protozoan parasite called toxoplasma gondii which has a very complex lifecycle that begins with the common housecat. Interestingly, research suggests that mice or birds that are infected with toxoplasmosis will show neurological complications that makes them attracted to the scent of cats and will make them slower moving.

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