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Why we wash our hands: Toxoplasmosis

The organism:¬†Toxoplasma gondii The disease: Toxoplasmosis Symptoms: Immunocompentent adults -some flu-like symptoms, possibly increased risk taking behavior, rarely schizophrenia. ¬†Fetuses: hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”), inflammation of the retina, and later in life: blindness, deafness, mental retardation. How it works: … Continue reading

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Why we wash our hands: Listeriosis.

The organism: Listeria Monocytogenes The disease: Listeriosis Symptoms: Fever, muscle aches, nausea, confusion, meningitis, convulsions, miscarriage of pregnancy How it works: L. monocytogenes is a bacteria that is commonly found in soil; it is ¬†prevalent around cattle, sheep, goats, pigs … Continue reading

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