Cats are ideal pets for many because of their independence and behavior. Over the years, we have seen hundreds of cultures worshiping cats, but right now, research is seeking to destroy their image, ensuring that They carry a parasite that can explode schizophrenia in humans.
Toxoplasma gondii is distributed to people through contact with cat litter trays and eating raw meat.,
T. gondiyAs is also known, it usually does not hurt, but scientists from the University of Copenhagen conducted a study that seems to prove the opposite since the risk of developing schizophrenia increases by 50 percent for those infected with the virus.
More than 80 thousand people were analyzed by specialists at the University of Copenhagen in the Danish study of blood donors, where 2 thousand 591 people with adverse mental disorders were discovered.
It was Dr. Christoffer Selvsten Burgdorf, who analyzed samples of infected people, look for traces of immunoglobulin antibodies in the presence of T. gondii.
The team discovered a parasite in a quarter of the population studied in Copenhagenof which 61 percent of people have carried cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus that also causes cognitive impairment.
The study found that T. gondii infected are almost 50% more likely to have schizophrenia. than those who do not, according to the results.
itconfirms that toxoplasma has a positive effect on the incidence of schizophrenia"the researchers explained.
Employees of Dr. Burgdorf explained that for this reason they associate the parasite with the advent of schizophreniaIn addition, it is not associated with any other mental disorder.
This parasite can interfere with the action of an amino acid in an organism called tryptophan, which can cause a large number of metabolites, such as kinurenic acid, a substance previously found in people with schizophrenia
"Tryptophan is also an important precursor of serotonin, which is involved in depressive disorders.", the authors wrote.
According to the Daily Mail T. gondii can cause an infection in people called toxoplasmosis that causes flu-like symptoms; bye women Pregnant women may suffer from miscarriage or stillbirth.
The University of Chicago, for its part, indicated that Almost a third of the world's population is also infected with this virus, which can cause psychological damage.
This is a university school. 60 million in the United States and 350 thousand in the UK,
A healthy immune system can fight it, so its symptoms are almost imperceptible.