(Telegraph) Parasite in cats linked to learning difficulties in children
By Telegraph reporter 7:59PM BST 01 Jun 2015
Researchers find parasite that grows in guts of cats is linked to reduced memory and reading skills in children
A study has found performance at school could be affected by Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled organism that infects about a third of the world’s population and hides in cells in the brain and muscles, often without producing symptoms.
Researchers found the parasite, which grows in the guts of cats and can be spread through contact with faeces, has been linked to reduced memory and reading skills in school-aged children.