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T. Gondii - Most of Us Have It!

Updated on April 13, 2015

T. Gondii - Global

T. Gondii  A Global Concern!
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T. gondii – a Parasite Most People in the World Have It!

T. gondii May be Deadly

Toxoplasmosis Gondii (T. gondii) only recently has been determined to have deleterious effects upon humans. People who have their immune systems weakened by anything such as organ transplants, AIDS, LUPUS, and many autoimmune diseases may experience serious effects or death.

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy and infants may develop severe toxoplasmosis. Severe toxoplasmosis may result in damage to the eyes or brain. Infants becoming infected before birth can be born retarded or with other mental or physical problems. Babies infected while still in the womb may show no symptoms at birth, but develop symptoms later in life.

How Do You Get T. gondii?

Most people get T. gondii from eating under cooked meat. However, T. gondii MUST live inside a cat’s digestive system to reproduce. Babies can get T. gondii from their mothers.

In addition, T. gondii may be acquired from drinking water from wells, municipal water, milk, chickens, cows, birds, or any warm-blooded animal.

Cleaning cat litter boxes may be a source of T. gondii infection. The entire feline (cats, lions, cougars and etc.) animal classification may be carriers. They deposit onto the ground in their feces. See:

http://www.praguepost.com/archivescontent/3144-jaroslav-flegr-a-manipulation-hypothesis.html

How Do you Eliminate the Possibility of Getting T. gondii?

Good personal hygiene will prevent being infected with T. gondii by performing the following:

  • Wash your hands (cat fecal matter to mouth)
  • High risk groups (with diseases or drug therapy suppressing their immune system) should not have contact with a cat litter tray.
  • Stay away from feral cats.
  • Empty cat litter trays daily (wear gloves)
  • Use boiling water 5 – 10 minutes to clean cat litter box
  • Do NOT flush! (Chlorine does not eradicate T. gondii)
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Meat should be cooked to a minimum of 137 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or 150F for 4 minutes to kill the tissue cysts (Dubey et al 1990).
  • Do NOT rely on using microwaves… Microwave ovens do not heat evenly! Microwave are not a safe way to kill T. gondii!
  • T gondii can remain infectious when stored in a refrigerator (39 F) for up to 54 months (Dubey 1998).
  • Freezing meat down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 days will kill T. gondii
  • Curing, or smoking also will eradicate T. gondii
  • Gamma irradiated foods will be no infectious from T. gondii.

In researching for my book, “Eyes Wide Shut: An Enigma,” I was made aware T. gondii may be in our drinking water and oceans. I will discuss this in another HubPages article.

See Related Articles:

http://dallas93444.hubpages.com/hub/What-Does-Cats-have-To-Do-With-It

http://dallas93444.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-the-Big-Deal-T-gondii-Changes-Human-Behaviors

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      JadedLove 5 years ago

      Lovely but very scary to think about. I hate to feel this, but I must say that you know from experience I am sure. I did vote you up and awesome Dallas, Thank you for taking your time to put such a Hub out there. Blessings friend.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      JadedLove,

      Thanks for your comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      That's indeed a scary prospect. I will send the link to a friend who has a cat, loves cats and sometimes takes care of others' cats! I hope it doesn't frighten him too much, but it sounds too risky to risk! He also has a friend with lupus who has several cats. So hopefully he'll remind her - or maybe I should, since I know her too.

      I will be extra careful myself, though I haven't had a cat in many years. I do eat a lot of fresh fruit & veggies, though not so much meat. I always wash the produce and am very fastidious about meat. Still, one can't be too careful. One never knows where the food has been!

      If, as you say - most of us have it -- gulp!

      Thanks for the warning.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Nellieanna,

      Thanks!

      Lupus is as you know an autoimmune disease...

      There is a small window right after the initial cat infection that pose significant risks...

      The concern is the oocytes are virulent for months, perhaps years... (depends on many factors)...

      Most of us will live happy, contented lives! if we have T. gondii infection and it is latent... and our immune systems is way down, the T. gondii may flare up with horrible results...

      This body of knowledge is growing and a lot of research is being done...

      As always, thanks for your inciteful thoughts and comments!

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      This is scary. I wonder how cat lovers feel about the fact that cats are the culprit on this one.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      FitnezzJim,

      I agree. It is scary. It was not known the extent of the T. gondii impact on us and warm blooded animals.

      Cat lovers (I like cats) must be aware and alert. Just because of the cat/T.gondii connection does not mean their cat, or all cats prsents a danger. Each cat is a case-by-case risk vs. benefit.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      This may be shedding light on a subfect of concern for me. Thanks for your research and effort to bring it to us. Excellent work.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      WD Curry 111,

      Thanks for your comments. I hope you ease your concerns...

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      up, useful, and interesting hub dallas. This was very interesting to say the least. Wow. Very well written I may add.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      thelyricwriter,

      Thanks!

      As recent as 1970s the discovery of how T. gondii affects pregnant women and in the 2000s how T. gondii affects our behaviors, our wareness and being alert to the proper care of cats has become very important!

      For more information, my new book, "Eyes Wide Shut: An enigma" website (to be nice and not promote!) gives more details about T. gondii.

      This topic overshadows my book... T. gondii changes our cultures... and us.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Dallas...

      Yikes...the cat box is actually the reason I prefer dogs...once a week at the end of a shovel is better than in the house at any time.

      Scary info my friend...thanks for delivering it so well!

      Thomas

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      ThoughtSandwiches,

      To learn, to acquire knowledge is a step in the process to be all we can be...

      I again stress this is not anti-cats... My attempt is to increase awareness...

      Thanks for your comments!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Goodness, I had no idea. There are families of feral cats in my daughter's neighborhood and I must let her know. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      frogyfish,

      Be aware and alert!

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      I found this fascinating! So glad you posted on the subject, too.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      bethperry,

      Thanks for your comments! Knowledge is power!

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      kerri 5 years ago

      here's a thought for all you people out there. iraq, iran, afghanistan.... how easy is it for them to see the same things were reading and do something about it.... are we trying to hand them the tools to end the world????? how stupid these people must feel that have let this bleed out through the internet... after all weve done to hide it... the internet is gonna screw us in the end... everything we see, they do too!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      kerri,

      Your concern is valid... However, one is never sure of what is.. An example: I was in the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Far East during Viet Nam era... We were told our Crypto system was unbreakable. It was not. Certain people in the USA knew how to break our Crypto codes... They had shipped the Crypto Machines to Viet Nam combat areas.. knowing they would "fall into enemy hands." The "Bad guys" captured our equipment and the "good guys (USA)" monitored their dechiphered (uncoded) conversations...

      Disinformation is a valid tool... Sometimes it is wise to tell the bad guys enough information to entice/encourage their preselective behaviors to correspond to our needs... We manipulate the bad guys for our benefit.

      It never is what it seems to be. You hide in plain sight!

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      KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

      I've never heard of this. I Love cats, but had to give mine away a few years ago, because I was so alergic to them that I always had bronchitus. People said when I laughed, I was starting to sound like a smoker - and I don't smoke! I do really miss them, though.

      Thnaks for shring this information.

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      Dallas W Thompson 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      KT Banks,

      There is a good side to owning cats. See my article in HubPages, "Cats-R-Us."

      https://hubpages.com/education/cats-r-us

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      bekkouch 4 years ago

      Greetings to everyone

      Well after birth injury and disabilities due to the disease

      Is there a cure

      I hope that doctors write us for remedy in the treatment of patients

      Wishes of peace for all

      bekkouch messaoud

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      Dallas W Thompson 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Sorry about your birth injury and disabilities due to the T. gondii disease. There is not yet a cure. Research is promising... Very similar to malaria... in terms of characteristics...

      Thanks for your comments.

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