Talk:Toxoplasmosis

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T. gondii Survival Mechanisms[edit]

Toxoplasma and protozoans generally are not plasmids as claimed erroneously in this section. Plasmids are small genetic elements whilst protozoans are unicellular eukaryotes. This is very basic biology. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.170.0.86 (talk) 12:38, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Proposed merge[edit]

Am proposing a merge between Crazy cat lady syndrome and this article, because:

  • The content in Crazy cat lady syndrome (namely an association between mental illness and toxoplasmosis) is most appropriately documented here
  • Reference to the 'crazy cat lady syndrome' should be moved to the society & culture section of this article.
  • Having these two articles separate has the risk of two separate articles about the same topic
  • By virtue of the name, the latter article (Crazy cat lady syndrome) will not receive the attention of readers' who are interested in disease associations linked with toxoplasmosis.

Kind regards, LT90001 (talk) 08:15, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Of course none of the scientific papers referenced in that article describe "crazy cat lady syndrome". The content from that article should be merged here under the heading "Psychiatric symptoms". It should be mentioned that the lay press has labelled such symptoms as "crazy cat lady syndrome". Axl ¤ [Talk] 23:27, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

I have completed this merge and transposed the majority of preexisting content into this article. LT90001 (talk) 23:21, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

Symptoms section needs to be rewritten to be about symptoms[edit]

It says:

Latent toxoplasmosis[edit] It is easy for a host to become infected with Toxoplasma gondii and develop toxoplasmosis without knowing it. In most immunocompetent people, the infection enters a latent phase, during which only bradyzoites are present,[16] forming cysts in nervous and muscle tissue. Most infants who are infected while in the womb have no symptoms at birth, but may develop symptoms later in life.[17]

When you read this, instead of telling you signs and symptoms, it tells you what the parasites are doing and the fact that babies infected in the womb can have no symptoms and might develop symptoms later on. The problem is that this section doesn't actually tell you any of the symptoms/signs, and it especially doesn't tell you symptoms/signs for someone who got the parasite while free from his womb.

Overall feedback on this article[edit]

I do not believe this was written by a professional. The writing itself is poorly organized, but more importantly there are crucial aspects that are not addressed, or addressed incorrectly. What is troubling about that is for example the conseuences of Toxoplasmosis contracted congenitally. The article glosses over this as if it is rarely a problem which is not true; a medical professional would emphasize what is relevant about this infection, and first on the list in terms of morbidity and mortality is the conseuences of congenital infection (in a previously negative pregnant woman). The conseuences in this situation are well known and common. The majority of the article focuses on science that is far less documented and accepted, and arguably less conseuential in terms of morbidity and mortality.... Throughout the article simple obvious things are not clarified eg.when the author is speaking of colonization of an individual versus active infection. This is an important distinction to make. The article is seemingly written for someone with significant prior knowledge of the subject. Because this is a Wikipedia article and is presumably for laypeople, the article should be written so that it can be followed by an average person and it is not. The overall article shares dubious studies but worse than that it does not effectively address anything critical concerning the relatively new area of "crazy cat lady" research. The overall article is biased and then goes on to tack on a disclaimer of sorts at the end. ... This article is focused on Toxoplasmosis and not on T. gondii specifically. So I wonder if the implication should be that, as this article focuses on a specific well recognized manifestation of infection, with a proper medical name attached to it, if perhaps the speculation about other possible complications from the particular organism, should be moved to the T.gonddi page. ...The whole article needs to be rewritten and is not salvageable.A medical professional might be ideal. ? Most Wikipedia entries are very useful and informative. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 43&*H()BVsd5ercdv8yu (talkcontribs) 08:05, 17 September 2014 (UTC)