Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Impact of environmental factors on the emergence, transmission and distribution of Toxoplasma gondii

2016 Mar 10;9(1):137. doi: 10.1186/s13071-016-1432-6.

Yan C1,2, Liang LJ2,3, Zheng KY4, Zhu XQ5,6,7.

Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular protozoan that poses a great threat to human health and economic well-being worldwide. The effects of environmental factors such as changing climate and human activities on the ecology of this protozoan are being discovered. Accumulated evidence shows that changes of these environmental factors can exert influence on the occurrence, transmission and distribution of T. gondii. This article reviews studies from different geographical regions with varying climates, social cultures and animal welfare standards. It aims to illustrate how these environmental factors work, highlighting their importance in influencing the ecology of T. gondii, as well as providing clues which may contribute to preventing transmission of this important zoonotic pathogen.


Changing climate; Ecology; Human activities; Oocysts; Toxoplasma gondii
[PubMed - in process]

1 comment:

Faster Than Light Church said...

Grew up in an environment where cats and gardening shared the shame space. Had all the symptoms of t. gondii as young person from extreme risk taking to suicidal ideation. Is it possible that at my age (68) that I might still carry the parasite?