Brazil: Santa Maria reports 569 confirmed cases of toxoplasmosis, of which 50 are pregnant women

June 19, 2018
By Marcos Vinicius Malveira de Lima

The number of confirmed cases of toxoplasmosis in Santa Maria, in the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul, rose to 569, according to a report released Monday (June / 2018) by the municipal and state health departments. According to the document, of the confirmed cases, 50 are pregnant women. The previous bulletin, released on June 8 [2018], reported 510 cases.

According to the new report, 312 suspected cases of the disease are under investigation. A press conference was held this afternoon to discuss the issue. At the time, the Ministry of Health announced that analyzes and cross-checks of data collected during the first stage of field research are done.

For one month, health workers applied more than 230 questionnaires to people with toxoplasmosis and other residents without the disease. The main objectives are to identify the probable source that gave rise to the outbreak and to ensure that the persons who have been diagnosed have adequate care and treatment. There is no prediction as to when the results of this work will be released.

While the cause of the outbreak is not discovered, the orientation continues to be boiling the water before drinking, avoiding raw or undercooked meat and having enough hygiene in the preparation of food.

The Federal Public Prosecutor filed a lawsuit to ensure the transfer of the drugs for treatment. During the press conference, the agency and the state assured that there are medicines for another three months, considering loans of medicines that came from other cities, such as São Paulo. In addition, a new tender for drug purchases is also planned.

Data from last report
– 1,430 reported cases
– 1,103 suspects, of which 569 confirmed, 222 discarded and 312 under investigation


**Comment**  Please know there is evidence of coinfection of Toxoplasmosis with Lyme Disease.  As Toxoplasmosis is significant in people who are immuno-suppressed, Lyme Disease will trigger a previous asymptomatic case.  While undercooked food, unsanitary conditions, and cats are normally blamed, sexual transmission has been theorized.

Czech scientist believes that 75% of schizophrenia is associated with infections, with Toxo a significant portion. Medical News Today reported on a study claiming the parasite is responsible for around a fifth of schizophrenia cases. Now, new research by Johns Hopkins provides further evidence of this association after reviewing two previous studies which identified a link between cat ownership in childhood and development of schizophrenia and other mental disorders later in life and then comparing them with the results of a 1982 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) questionnaire. The questionnaire revealed that around 50% of individuals who had a cat as a family pet during childhood were diagnosed with schizophrenia or other mental illnesses later in life, compared with 42% who did not have a cat during childhood.

T. gondii may be the culprit.

Researchers at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands conducted a meta-analysis of more than 50 studies that established a link between T. gondii and increased risk of schizophrenia. Women carrying IgG antibodies to Toxo when giving birth have a higher risk of self-harm or suicide later on, especially if antibody levels are high.

See first link for treatments.  If you are a Lyme/MSIDS patient and have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and have similar symptoms, please discuss the possibility of Toxoplasmosis with your practitioner.