Two-host parasite

NOSPAMggpurvis at webhart.net NOSPAMggpurvis at webhart.net
Mon Oct 25 01:07:35 EST 1999


  I had an article from end of June this year, forget the source,
about a parasite which completes its cycle using two hosts: in this
case a cat and a rat.   The file got corrupted and now I'm having a
bit of trouble finding information about this.  Thought someone here
would be able to help.
  The parasite, I think, begins its cycle on a rat.  Somehow, the rat
becomes affected by the parasite and becomes bolder than normal,
confrontational where it should really be avoiding confrontation.  As
a result, more run-ins with larger animals like cats take place.  The
cat, eating the cadaver, ingests the parasite, where it proceeds with
another part of its life cycle.  Finally -- I think this is right --
rats pick up the parasite once again from the cat's spore.
  Anyway, for any and all assistance in tracking this information,
thank's in advance.

Greg



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