Dangerous parasite found in donkeys that could affect humans (especially if their immune system is weak)

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By CAPosts 30 October, 2020 - 11:25am 38 views

Since the arrival of Covid-19, the world has activated alerts for possible threats. An example could be what a study revealed by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Israel; By analyzing hundreds of donkeys, the researchers found that they had been exposed to two parasites, one of them potentially dangerous to humans.

© salud180.com What are these parasites? The first is about Neospora. A parasitic protozoan that infects many species of mammals, including dogs, horses, goats, and donkeys. IStock Photo What are these parasites?

The first is about Neospora. A parasitic protozoan that infects many species of mammals, including dogs, horses, goats, and donkeys. It invades cells and multiplies within them, and can occur in nervous tissues (brain, medulla and retina) , describes the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the National University of La Plata.

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. On the other hand, the second parasite and with which precautions should be taken is Toxoplasma gondii. This can cause a disease called toxoplasmosis, which can cause according to the Mayo Clinic Medical Institute:

Swollen lymph nodes Headache Fever Fatigue

In a weak immune system

Lack of coordination Seizures Pulmonary problems Blurred vision due to severe inflammation of the retina

The The research was carried out in 98 domestic and wild donkeys, of which 94% had produced antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii, while 70% had antibodies against Neospora.

Its high prevalence in these animals may indicate that for the survival of these parasites they need donkeys. Since they serve as a source of infection for the definitive hosts.

In optimal conditions this infection would not represent a risk, but if there is poor hygiene the danger increases. It is important that if you are in contact with these animals, and especially you are pregnant, you go to the doctor if you have several symptoms that have been described in the note.

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