Cats are for many ideal pets because of their independence and way of behaving. For years, we've seen hundreds of cultures worshiping T-shirts, but now it's when a study tries to ruin its image by providing it They carry a parasite that can trigger schizophrenia in humans.
Toxoplasma gondii spreads among people through contact with warehouse cubes and the consumption of raw meat.
On T. gondii, as is commonly known, does not usually hurt, but scientists at the University of Copenhagen have made an investigation that seems to prove the opposite, because the risk of 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 a Danish blood donation study, where they found 2,000 591 people with negative psychiatric conditions.
It was Dr. Kristoffer Sølvsten Burgdorf, who led the analysis of samples of infected people, to seek traces of immunoglobulin antibodies with the presence of T. gondii.
The team discovered the parasite in a quarter of the population studied in Copenhagen, of which 61 percent of people carried cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus that also causes cognitive deterioration.
The study found that those infected with T. gondii are almost 50% more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia of those who do not, according to the results.
This "confirms that toxoplasma has a positive effect on the rate of schizophrenia"explains the researchers.
Dr. Burgdorf's contributors explained that for this reason they associate the parasite with the occurrence of schizophrenia, in addition to being unrelated to other psychiatric disorders.
This parasite can inhibit the action of amino acid in the body called tryptophan, which would cause large amounts of metabolites such as kinurénico acid, a substance previously found in people with schizophrenia.
"Tryptophan is also an essential precursor of serotonin, which is involved in depressive disorders"writes the authors.
According to the medium "Daily Mail" parasite T. gondii can cause infection in humans called toxoplasmosis, which causes flu-like symptoms; while women Pregnant women may suffer from spontaneous abortion or stillbirth.
The University of Chicago, for its part, pointed out that Almost one third of the world's population is also infected by this virus, which can cause psychological damage.
This university school accounts for 60 million people in the United States and 350,000 in the United Kingdom.
A healthy immune system can fight it, so its symptoms are almost imperceptible.