posted on Mar, 31 2013 @ 03:39 AM
Cats are the only host they reproduce in, but any animals can be a host- besides cat feces, eating undercooked meat (beef) can infect you too.
When I was pregnant here in France, they did not do testing for this as they do in the US, and the doctor didn't give me the usual warnings I was
used to hearing in the US- "During your pregnancy, be wary of cats, do not clean the cat box.." stuff like that.
I asked my doctor why no test? She looked confused and said "Why? Is there some reason for you to believe you might not have been infected
Turns out that here, they figure that most of the population has already been infected, because so many eat meat cooked medium and rare. They also
feel that the body develops a resistance to it after a first infection, so after you are innoculated. The danger for the fetus being the mother having
a premo infection during pregnancy.
I don't know if any proof to the resistance factor has been found? But in any case, if 90% of the population here has it, then we could observe the
effects upon behavior. They do drive dangerously, that's for sure. But they aren't especially fond of cats as a whole, and I don't find them to be
especially couragious or risk taking beyond driving aggressively.