Owning pet cats could seriously harm your children, a new study has suggested.
A common parasite transmitted from the animals has been linked to a decrease in reading skills and reduced memory in school-aged children, according to University of Iowa and Florida International University researchers.
Toxoplasma Gondii infects billions of people (about a third of the world’s population) and is often transmitted from pet cats – spread through contact with faeces.
The researchers analysed reading and memory in 1755 children aged 12-16, and tested to see if they were infected with toxoplasma.
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