Cats are ideal pets for many because of their independence and behavior. For many years, we have seen hundreds of cultures that worship cats, but now the study attempts to destroy its image by ensuring that They carry parasites that could disrupt schizophrenia in humans.
Toxoplasma gondii spreads among humans through contact with cat trays and consumption of raw meat,
The T. gondii, as is well known, will not hurt, but scientists from the University of Copenhagen have conducted an investigation that seems to be the perfect opposite, because the risk of developing schizophrenia increases by 50 percent in those infected with this virus.
More than 80,000 people were analyzed by experts from the University of Copenhagen in a Danish blood donation study, where 2,000 of 591 people with unfavorable psychiatric conditions were found.
It was Dr. Kristoffer Sølvsten Burgdorf, who led the analysis of samples of infected people, to search for traces of immunoglobulin antibodies in the presence of T. gondii.
The team discovered a parasite in a quarter of the population studied in Copenhagen, of which 61 percent of people carried cytomegalovirus (CMV) virus, which also causes cognitive impairment.
The study found that infected with T. gondii almost 50% more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than those who did not, according to the results.
This "confirms that Toxoplasma has a positive effect on the rate of schizophrenia"explained the scientists.
Dr. Collaborators Burgdorf explained that, for this reason, parasites combine with the emergence of schizophrenia, except that it is not associated with any other psychiatric disorder.
This parasite may inhibit the action of an amino acid in the body, called tryptophan, which would cause a large number of metabolites, such as kinuric acid, a substance previously found in people with schizophrenia.
"Tryptophan is also an essential precursor to serotonin, which is involved in depressive disorders"wrote the authors.
According to the Daily Mail T. gondii parasite can cause infection in people called toxoplasmosis that causes flu-like symptoms; while women Pregnant women may suffer from an abortion or a stillbirth.
The University of Chicago has again stated that Almost one third of the world's population is also infected with this virus, which could cause psychological damage.
This university school represents 60 million affected 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.