Is toxoplasma gondii controlling Kuwait?

Toxoplasma gondii

Logically, toxoplasma gondii is controlling people in Kuwait. It is however, not Kuwait alone but even its neighboring countries. If by any chance 246 people that live in Kuwait are randomly selected and a test is conducted on their blood samples, then it would in most cases turn out that 95.5% of the total number will show a positive reaction to toxoplasma gondii antibodies. Out of this 95.5% approximately 34% of them would test between medium and high titers of the toxoplasma antibodies. The prevalence of the parasite is not discriminative in nature. There is no difference between the number of males and females who are infected by the parasite in Kuwait making it a menace to the people living in this country. The individuals who fall under the age group of between 32 to 43 years and 20 to 31 years are believed to have doubled the number of persons diagnosed with medium to high titers compared to other age groups that exist in this population.

The age of the individuals infected by toxoplasma gondii in Kuwait vary in a great deal. The infection is prone to youths and young parents. It indicates almost zero in the oldest group. The Bedouins who are nomadic in nature are considered to be more prone to infection from this parasite due to the following reasons. They have a tendency to consume undercooked or raw flesh of their animals which are the intermediate hosts of toxoplasma gondii.  From this study one is able to identify that the most infected group of people are youths and young parents. This has got a vast effect in the growth of economy of this country. The labor supply is affected as most of the energetic youths and parents are weakened by this disease.

Toxoplasma gondii has its host mainly from the cat family. After primary infection, cats are able to shed millions of oocysts that are environmentally resistant in their feces without clinically manifesting the disease. The intermediate hosts of this parasite include birds and warm-blooded mammals such as human beings who accumulate bradyzoites of this parasite that is infectious in their brain and skeletal muscle tissues. Intermediate hosts are in a position acquire infection by ingesting oocysts from their respective environments or by consuming undercooked or raw flesh from other intermediate hosts. Vegetables, shellfish, soil, fruits and water are some of the environmental sources of oocysts.

Toxoplasma gondii is of great concern to the people living in Kuwait more so to the part of the population that is nomads. The main reason as to why this parasite may be deemed to be in control of people of Kuwait is due to its potentiality to enable the mother of unborn fetus that has been infected for the first time to transmit it to her unborn fetus during pregnancy. Toxoplasmosis is normally manifested as headache, low-grade fever, malaise, flue-like illness and its primary infection may cause hepatitis, fetal mental retardation, encephalitis or even spontaneous abortion.

Other research works that have been conducted in Kuwait as far as toxoplasma gondii include the one that was conducted on the sheep flocks from different parts of the country. The test was conducted on 528 aborted ewes. The method of test was indirect haemagglutination and the results showed that more than a half of the sheep were infected by the parasite. This explains why toxoplasma gondii may be deemed to be in control of Kuwait. Most of the people in Kuwait consume meat from sheep and it is not a guarantee that all of them will cook the meat properly.  With the toxoplasma identified to infect the sheep, then several people in Kuwait are likely to be infected by the parasite if at all they consume undercooked meat from sheep.

Some of the effects of toxoplasma gondii include death or severe brain damage to unborn fetus. It is also considered to be a major threat to people whose immunity has been weakened especially those who are infected by AIDs. Amongst children and adults it causes flu-like symptoms before it invades both brain and skeletal muscles tissues where it weakens both of them. This is therefore a serious problem to the people of Kuwait because their work force is weakened by this parasite causing low capital turnout and consequential low economic development of a country. Ethically toxoplasma is controlling Kuwait.

According to Jason Koehler, toxoplasma alters the behavior of individuals that are infected by it. It affects the dopamine part of brain. The people infected by it begin to react slowly to situations compared to individuals that are not infected. It is reported that individuals that are infected do not considered diplomacy in providing a solution to any challenge. With the prevalence of toxoplasma in Kuwait, it can be identified that most of the individuals in this place do not embrace diplomacy when solving problems and they are less responsive to reaction times. This may suggests why toxoplasma gondii is controlling Kuwait.


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