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Toxoplasma gondii

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Sugee Thoppe

on 14 February 2013

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Transcript of Toxoplasma gondii

The Zombie Parasite Toxoplasma gondii Background Fun Facts The Lifecycle How It Spreads Inheritance - congenital toxoplasmosis
Wash fruits, vegetables
Raw meat (cook it properly)
Handling cats - wash hands Lifestyle THANK YOU Symptoms Treatment Cannibals Discovered in 1908
Isolated 1937
Human host 1938 History Toxoplasma Gondii Parasite
Causes disease
Spread through cats
Other carriers too
Can affect all mammals Definitions
Tachyzoites - Tissue that makes up the cysts
Bradyzoites - Developed stage of tachyzoites
Gametocytes - A diploid germ cell that divides by meiosis into a gamete.
Sporozoite - An organism which can reproduce both sexually and asexually
Cysts - stage in cycle where parasite is enveloped in a protective membrane
Oocysts - where sporozoan zygotes develop
Epithelial cells - cells on lining or surface of body Toxoplasma Gondii:
Can find a host within any warm-blooded animal
Reproduces asexually and sexually
Especially affects pregnant women
Offspring can inherit Spread through:
Mainly cat feces
Raw meat
Unwashed fruits/vegetables Symptoms occur in only 20% of infected population
Flu, fever, fatigue
Swollen lymph glands
Reduced/blurred vision
Redness of the eye Men: Jealous
Suspicious Women Affectionate
Outgoing
Warmhearted - differs from person to person... Rats under the influence of toxoplasmosis... Healthy people
Pregnant, infants, newborns
Immunosupressed 100% chance of being infected Statistics...
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