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In Illinois, muskrats and minks harbor toxoplasmosis, a cat disease

A new study of and minks in central indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways.

Cat Disease Endangers Muskrats
Muskrats in are being exposed to toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats.
Credit:Linda Tanner


The is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. The U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed to this research.

Adam A. Ahlers, , Jitender P. Dubey, , and Edward J. Heske (2015) Risk Factors for Toxoplasma gondii Exposure in Semiaquatic Mammals in a Freshwater Ecosystem. Journal of Wildlife Diseases In-Press. Doi: 10.7589/2014-03-071

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign