posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 02:16 AM
OK PEOPLE... before we start cat hating and killing them like the paranoid Europeans did before they were overwhelmed by rats carrying the plague....
These critters are everywhere... in many animals (including humans) and in the very soil in your yard.
HOWEVER, even though any cat who has been exposed to toxoplasmosis will carry some sequestered form of it (because they tend to form tiny cysts in
muscles and tissues) it is only in the cat's intestines that it can proliferate and form the larvea stage that is contagious to humans... and this
stage passes in a few days and the cat becomes immune unless it's a new infection and their immunity is compromised. Human tissue does not proliferate
the larvea stage and like cats, the adults get sequestered into tissues unless YOUR immunity is compromised.
this is why you shouldn't let your cat go outside.
It can pick up a new infection of the larvae stage by eating a bird or mouse or something.
This is a case of "blame everything on the cat"... even though the cat gets them from other sources.
It's just because of the stage of it's it's life cycle that they call this a "cat parasite"
once your cat has been inside for a few days and you stop letting it eat stuff that crawls around outside or being around other cats poop, then you
and your cat should be fine... unless you get cancer or aids and then you have a bigger set of problems to worry about anyway.
btw... Humans are LITTERED with parasites and many of them MUCH more dangerous than toxoplasmosis... and some of them quite common.
For examples, mosquitoes carry many types of nematodes (examples of worms) that can make you very sick as they swim around in your blood and destroy
malaria is another mosquito born parasite SO DON'T EVER GO OUTSIDE AGAIN.
LUNGworms... another type of parasite you can get... it just gets lovelier and lovelier.
Compared to some crap, toxoplasmosis is laughable.
edit on 25-1-2013 by NotAnAspie because: (no reason given)