Description Of Toxoplasma Gondii 's Taxonomy

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Protozoans
Scientific Name
Toxoplasma gondii is attributed to foodborne illnesses but can cause an infection with a common parasite that is found in cat feces and contaminated food hence foodborne illnesses. “Although, Toxoplasma gondii was first observed in rodents by Nicolle and Manceaux in 1908” (History of Discovery 2006), it was not until 1932 that T. gondii was identified as an infectious disease. Today, Toxoplasma gondii has become a worldwide protozoan that infects the human host and can cause illness in weakened immune systems, however, some immune systems that are healthy keep the parasite from causing illnesses. Weakened immune systems such as those in pregnant women are more problematic to the disease Toxoplasma gondii (genus) because of the requirement of the host.
Taxonomy & Descriptive Classification
Toxoplasma gondii’s taxonomy is as followed:
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Conoidasida
Subclass: Coccidiasina
Order: Eucoccidiorida
Family: Sarcocystidae
Subfamily: Toxoplasmatinae
Genus: Toxoplasma
Species: Toxoplasma gondii (Toxoplasmosis 2016).
Toxoplasma gondii is classified as Genus because it ‘requires transmission between a member of the felidae and the rodents to carry out its sexual life cycle” (Classification 2008), and it can also be classified as a protozoan because they require a host to live, a parasitic host that is usually unicellular Eukaryotic and motile.
Morphology of Life Cycle…
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