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Mental Wellbeing
Elevated suicide risks, cats and toxoplasmosis
  1. Andrew Sparkes
  1. Veterinary Director, Feline Advisory Bureau, Taeselbury, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6LD
  1. e-mail: andy{at}

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THE letter from Reg Godwin (VR, September 1, 2012, vol 171, p 225) regarding Toxoplasma gondii and elevated suicide risks in people was interesting, particularly given the media furore that has occurred recently over toxoplasmosis and cats.

While it is true that some, but not all, studies have shown an epidemiological association between the presence of antibodies to T gondii in humans and an increased risk of suicide or suicide attempts (Arling and others 2009, Yagmur and others 2010, Ling and others 2011, Okusaga and others 2011, Pedersen and others 2012, Zhang …

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