Odds Are, You’re Probably Infected With This Brain Parasite And Don’t Even Know It – StumbleUpon

Odds Are, You’re Probably Infected With This Brain Parasite And Don’t Even Know It – StumbleUpon.

Odds Are, You’re Probably Infected With This Brain Parasite And Don’t Even Know It

APRIL 5, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  

Have you heard of Toxoplasma gondii, or Toxo for short? Chances are you probably haven’t. Chances are you’re probably infected with it.

Don’t worry, it’s not a deadly disease, but it is insidious in its own way. Toxo is a parasite that’s traditionally found in rats, but breeds inside the stomachs of cats. It does this by subtly rewiring rats’ brains to be attracted to cats. The rat then willingly puts itself in harm’s way for a cat to kill and eat it, thus transferring the parasite to the cat.

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