Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Annual burden of ocular toxoplasmosis in the United States

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Mar;82(3):464-5.

Annual burden of ocular toxoplasmosis in the United States

Jones JL, Holland GN.

Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Jules Stein Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

Toxoplasmosis is the most common retinal infection in the United States, and it can severely impact vision. We used data from population-based studies, outbreaks, and the U.S. census to estimate the burden of Toxoplasma gondii infection and ocular toxoplasmosis. We estimate that 1,075,242 persons are infected with T. gondii, 21,505 persons have ocular lesions (both asymptomatic and symptomatic), and 4,839 (range = 2,150-7,527) persons develop symptomatic ocular toxoplasmosis each year in the United States. Toxoplasmosis contributes a significant burden to eye disease in the United States.

PMID: 20207874 [PubMed - in process]


Cheryl said...

What is the cure for Toxoplasma gondii?

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