The CDC reports that there are more than 13 million cases of toxoplasties and 1.3 million cases with no symptoms reported in the United States each year.
CDC epidemiologist J. Paul White said there’s an important distinction to be made between the data that we report in the media and the data we have in the real world.
White said that the CDC collects data on the number of cases that occur per 1,000 people per year in the U.S. He explained that the difference in reporting can be important because a large number of those cases may not even be diagnosed, but the CDC can’t determine whether a person is infected.
“It’s hard to do in a real world,” White said.
“There are things we can’t do in the public arena.
But we can report on what we know, so we can communicate with the public.”