Common parasite causes defects in newborns


Toxoplasma gondii tachyzoites, from Bild:T gon...

Toxoplasma gondii tachyzoites, from Bild:T gondii tachy.jpg, originally from the DPDx Parasite Image Library, image entry. Description: “Toxoplasma gondii tachyzoites, stained with Giemsa, from a smear of peritoneal fluid obtained from a mouse inoculated with T. gondii. Tachyzoites are typically crescent shaped with a prominent, centrally placed nucleus.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Common parasite causes defects in newborns.


(NaturalNews) Research conducted with the support of the NIH proves that toxoplasmosis screening should be performed on pregnant women. Toxoplasmosis is caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, and now researchers have pinpointed the strains of this parasite that are the cause for the serious birth defects and premature births in the USA. A new blood test was created by scientists at NIAID, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to diagnose strains of Toxoplasma gondii (T.gondii) parasite, which a fetus can contract in the womb, if the mother is infected.




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