Higher prevalence of toxoplasmosis in victims of traffic accidents suggest increased risk of traffic accident in Toxoplasma-infected inhabitants of Istanbul and its suburbs

KOCAZEYBEK B. S., Oner Y. A., Turksoy R., Babur C., Cakan H., Sahip N., ...More

FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, vol.187, no.1-3, pp.103-108, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 187 Issue: 1-3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2009.03.007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.103-108
  • Keywords: Forensic science, Latent toxoplasmosis, Traffic accidents, NOVELTY SEEKING, DECREASED LEVEL, PREGNANT-WOMEN, GONDII, DOPAMINE, ANTIBODIES, BEHAVIOR, SEX
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Reflexes of drivers who have toxoplasmosis have been shown to deteriorate from the actions of the parasitic cysts. The cysts can change the level of the neurotransmitters such as dopamine in the brain and by doing so extend the muscle response time and change personality profiles. In this Study, we aimed to determine the frequency of the latent toxoplasmosis (LT) in the driver population who were either injured or died in traffic accidents reported in Istanbul and its suburbs.