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Parasitic Disease Carried by the Bobcat and Transmitted by the Tick is More Prevalent Than Believed — 7 Comments

  1. Oh my Lord-as if we didn’t have enough to worry about.Nasty protozoans! Cats also can carry toxoplasmosis

    internet research:___________________
    Toxoplasma gondii is found throughout North America and can infect almost any warm-blooded animal or bird, and humans. Infection with T. gondii, a condition called toxoplasmosis, can be very serious in humans. T. gondii can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus and cause abortions and congenital defects. An estimated 400 to 4,000 cases of congenital toxoplasmosis occur in the United States each year. In children and adults, it can cause other signs, and is sometimes fatal. It can cause severe disease in persons with poor immune systems such as those undergoing chemotherapy or infected with human immunodeficiency virus (the virus that causes AIDS). It is estimated that approximately 11% of persons in the US have been infected with Toxoplasma gondii_that’s 11% of the population.

    • The thing to keep in mind about toxoplasmosis is that you are more likely to get it from working in your garden than from your indoor-only cat. Cats only shed it for a couple of weeks, so if you’ve kept your cat inside for more than that, you are OK. Also, even if you suspect it, all it takes is to wear gloves while cleaning a litter box and then wash your hands. Besides, I suspect anybody who’s played in a sandbox as a child has had it.

  2. Sorry, but I find this not credible.
    Firstly, as well known, most domesticated cats in America are kept inside, never to experience the great outdoors.
    Secondly, since I live in an area populated by bobcats, I have never witnessed any feral just “drop over” from any parasite.

  3. Well, I’m relieved that my cats and I are not in those areas but I’m very sad for everyone who is. Also, it wouldn’t take much for it to spread to more states: a ride on a train, in a car… This is horrible.

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