Kenn McCloud Battling Toxoplasma Infection
September 4, 2008 at 12:05 PM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL/BAKERSFIELD OM KENN McCLOUD collapsed during a meeting in BAKERSFIELD three weeks ago and underwent heart valve repair and a single bypass surgery (NET NEWS 8/20). Now, KGET-TV reports MCCLOUD has also been diagnosed with a toxoplasma infection.
MCCLOUD's wife CRYSTAL says his body was invaded by a parasite which weakened his immune system, caused his brain to swell and his internal organs to fail.
"It's a germ commonly found in a cat's (intestinal) track, so anything that is contaminated by the feces of cats, such as your hands, and you put your hands in your mouth or eat something before washing your hands, that's a common way to get infected, but there are other routes," said Doctor CLAUDIA JONAH with the KERN COUNTY Public Health Department.
KGET-TV is reporting that BUCK OWENS Country KUZZ/BAKERSFIELD is organizing a KENN MCCLOUD benefit concert to be held MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd at BUCK OWENS' CRYSTAL PALACE. BBR/NASHVILLE artist and former ALABAMA front man RANDY OWEN is set to perform. Tickets for the concert are on sale now.