Parasite found in undercooked meat linked with risk of rare brain cancer

The common parasite Toxoplasma gondii that people get from contaminated water and undercooked meat may be associated with a rare brain cancer.

(CNN)A common parasite people get from contaminated water and undercooked meat may be associated with rare brain cancers, researchers reported Monday.

They found evidence that people infected with Toxoplasma gondii, or T. gondii, have a higher risk of developing rare but highly fatal gliomas.
The parasite can sometimes form cysts in the brain and the inflammation associated with these cysts might be responsible, the researchers reported in the International Journal of Cancer.
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