Talk:Toxoplasmosis

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Vaccination[edit]

Ok, after deeper consideration a vaccination information should be mentioned in this article here. Will add this under the "Research" section. Well, can I copy it (with little modification) from the Toxoplasma gondii article?

As of 2015, no approved human vaccine exists against Toxoplasmosis.[1] Research on human Toxoplasma gondii vaccines is ongoing.[2]

For sheep there is available an approved live vaccine called Toxovax (MSD Animal Health) which provides lifetime protection.[3]

lion10 (talk) 19:06, 13. December 2015 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ "Development of Toxoplasma gondii vaccine". US National Library of Medicine. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  2. ^ "TOXPOX Result In Brief - Vaccine against Toxoplasmosis". CORDIS, European Commission. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  3. ^ "TOXOVAX®". MSD Animal Health. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 

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.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2604:4080:1106:0:51b5:f291:cec1:ec99 (talk) July 2014

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Insufficient information about the suicide correlation[edit]

This article seems to underplay the suicide correlation.

Writing for Scientific American, Christie Wilcox says "Toxoplasma gondii is arguably the most interesting parasite on the planet," and I would tend to agree. She goes on to describe a 2012 study of 45,000 Danish women:

The results were clear. Women with Toxoplasma infections were 54% more likely to attempt suicide - and twice as likely to succeed. In particular, these women were more likely to attempt violent suicides (using a knife or gun, for example, instead of overdosing on pills). But even more disturbing: suicide attempt risk was positively correlated with the level of infection. Those with the highest levels of antibodies were 91% more likely to attempt suicide than uninfected women. The connection between parasite and suicide held even for women who had no history of mental illness: among them, infected women were 56% more likely to commit self-directed violence.

She also relates this comment from the study's senior author:

"we have not excluded reverse causality as there might be risk factors for suicidal behavior that also make people more susceptible to infection with T. gondii"

and I think this should also be included in the article, in order to preserve NPOV.

Wikipedia's lack of inclusion of this information may be doing a significant disservice to public health. 75.163.143.203 (talk) 12:55, 12 July 2017 (UTC)