Toxoplasmosis: A global threat

João M. Furtado, Justine R. Smith, Rubens Belfort, Devin Gattey, Kevin L. Winthrop

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Abstract

Toxoplasmosis, a disease described worldwide, which is caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, commonly involves the retina. The disease has a higher impact in immunocompromised individuals and in congenital infection because of the severity of central nervous system involvement. Although simple prophylactic measures could reduce transmission, T. gondii seroprevalence is still high, especially in South America. Educational campaigns and the development of new drugs to prevent primary infection could potentially reduce the burden of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-284
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Global Infectious Diseases
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

Keywords

  • Congenital toxoplasmosis
  • Ocular toxoplasmosis
  • Toxoplasmic encephalitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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