Tiny parasite may pose health risks for Canada’s North – Nunatsiaq Online

January 17, 2018

“It is critical for public health organizations and practitioners to employ strategies, to reduce the risk”

You don’t hear much about the dangers posed by toxoplasmosis, but infections caused by the tiny parasite are powerful enough to make you sick and cause damage to the brain, eyes and other organs.

With levels of human infection in parts of the Canadian Arctic among the highest in the world, researchers are paying more attention to the presence of toxoplasma gondii in wildlife and water supplies and how the risks of infection can be lowered.

Among other measures, the spread of T. gondii among people can be reduced though adequate drinking water treatment and trained operating technicians.

But the warming climate may make prevention efforts even more of a challenge.

Read More: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674tiny_parasite_may_pose_health_risks_for_canadas_north/

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