Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) has verified a decrease in the incidence of toxoplasmosis in Spain since 2010
A report from the National Center for Microbiology (CNM) at the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) has confirmed a decrease in the incidence of toxoplasmosis in Spain since 2010, but has also warned that this pathology “continues to cause abortions and fetal deaths in a non-negligible number and being diagnosed in babies”.
“Despite the decline data shown in this study in our country, the infection continues to cause abortions and fetal deaths in a non-negligible number and is diagnosed in babies, generally after detection during their fetal period,” the authors explain in their report, titled ‘Congenital Toxoplasmasis in Spain, present and future’.
The study coordinated by Isbael de Fuentes Corripio, from the CNM Toxoplasmasis and Intestinal Protozoa Unit, warns that these children who become infected “probably develop serious symptoms or have lifelong sequelae if they are not adequately treated early,” although “They are not always diagnosed after childbirth, but after a few years of life, unless the infection has been detected during pregnancy.”
Toxoplasmasis is a systematic infectious zoonosis caused by the protozoan ‘Toxoplasma gondil’. It is a highly prevalent disease (approximately one third of the world population is parasitized).