You can’t make this stuff up! A recent study has found that infection with Toxoplasma gondii affects people’s personality and mental state.
Dr. Nicky Boulter, Sydney University of Technology infectious disease researcher:
Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women.
In short, it can make men behave like alley cats and women behave like sex kittens.
Think you might have toxoplasmosis?
NB: Toxoplasma gondii has the potential to cause serious health problems in pregnant women and their unborn fetuses as well as immunocompromised individuals. More information from the CDC.
The Age, December 26, 2006