The urban risk and migration risk factors for schizophrenia: Are cats the answer?

E. Fuller Torrey, Robert H. Yolken

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Abstract

Being born in and/or raised in an urban area is a proven risk factor for developing schizophrenia. Migrating from countries such as Jamaica or Morocco to countries such as England or the Netherlands is also a proven risk factor for developing schizophrenia. The transmission of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts to children is reviewed and proposed as a partial explanation for both of these risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Volume159
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Keywords

  • Oocysts
  • Toxoplasma gondii
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Urban risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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