Cats are for many ideal pets because of their independence and behavior. For years we have seen hundreds of cultures that respect cats, but now that the study wants to destroy her image by ensuring that They carry parasites that can detonate schizophrenia in humans.
Toxoplasma gondii spreads among people through contact with cats and eating raw meat.
T. gondii, as it is also known, usually does not hurt, but researchers from the University of Copenhagen have conducted an investigation that seems to prove the opposite, as the risk of developing schizophrenia increases by 50 percent for those infected with the virus.
More than 80,000 people have been analyzed by experts from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark's Blood Donor Study, where 2,000 591 people with unfavorable psychiatric conditions were found.
Dr. Kristoffer Sølvsten Burgdorf was conducting an analysis of the samples of infected persons, to look for traces of immunoglobulin antibodies in the presence of T. gondii.
The team discovered the parasite in a quarter of a population surveyed in Copenhagenof which 61 percent of people are wearing cytomegalovirus (CMV), the virus that was also causes cognitive deterioration.
The study found that those who are infected with T. gondii have almost 50% more chance of being 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"explained the researchers.
Dr Burgdorf's associates explained that for this reason the parasites are associated with the onset of schizophrenia.except that it is not related to any other psychiatric disorder.
This parasite can interfere with the action of amino acids in a body called tryptophan, which would cause large amounts of metabolites such as kinurenic acid, a substance previously found in people with schizophrenia.
"Tryptophan is also a major serotonin precursor involved in depressive disorders", the authors wrote.
According to Daily Mail T. gondii parasite can cause an infection in humans called toxoplasmosis, causing symptoms of a similar flu; women Pregnant women may suffer abortion or the baby.
The University of Chicago pointed to that Nearly a third of the world's population is also infected with this virus that could cause psychological damage.
This university school In the United States, 60 million people and 350,000 in the United Kingdom participate.
A healthy immune system can fight it, so its symptoms are almost imperceptible.