Cats Carry a Parasite That Might Hurt Mental Health


I’m Erin White with today’s health news. Your
feline friend could be home to a parasite that isn’t so friendly to your mental health.
That parasite is called Toxoplasma gondii. While it sounds exotic, it’s actually one
of the world’s most common parasites – and when it infects humans, it may raise their
risk of mental illnesses like schizophrenia, new research found. But don’t put your cat
up for adoption just yet – the CDC estimates that more than 60 million people in the US
have Toxoplasma gondii, and most of them will never see any effects.

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