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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 281-284

Toxoplasmosis: A global threat


1 Casey Eye Institute, Division of International Ophthalmology, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
2 Casey Eye Institute and Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
3 Department of Ophthalmology, Federal University of Sćo Paulo, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Joćo M Furtado
Casey Eye Institute, Division of International Ophthalmology, Oregon Health & Science University
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.83536

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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.


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