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is toxoplasmosis airborne

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
14 years experience Infectious Disease
Sort of: The airborne transmission you are thinking of is if a pregnant woman changes the litter for an infected cat; the close proximity to the infected litte ... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
No: Toxoplasmosis is not airborne. See: http://www.antimicrobe.org/b130.asp

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Rare infection: Toxoplasomosis is a rare infection that can cause problems if it occurs in pregnancy. The main source of toxoplasmosis in the United States is underc ... Read More
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Dr. Mitchell Blass
29 years experience Internal Medicine
A parasite: Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that can be acquired from a house cat. It is usually a illness that has few or no symptoms, unless one has an ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
23 years experience Pathology
Fairly: According to the CDC, about 60 million people in the US have this parasite in their body. Risk of getting sick increases in pregnancy or if immunity i ... Read More
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
26 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Not common in U.S.: In the United States it is estimated that 23% of the population >12 years have been infected with toxoplasma gondii. In various places throughout the ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Undercooked meat: Most people (and even some doctors) think it is cats. But cats are not a major reason for toxoplasmosis in this country. Undercooked meat is the mos ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Medication: This condition can be treated with a few different medications. Key is confirming the diagnosis before embarking onto medications. This article may he ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wendy Askew
24 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Just bad luck really, you can acquire it from undercooked pork, or from cat feces (more common with outdoor cats).
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
Cats: Cats are the host, handling infected cat's feces can infect humans too.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Garcia
9 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Toxo testing: No. A blood test is performed. Serologic (igg and igm) blood testing is the most common initial diagnostic test for acute toxoplasmosis.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jovi Cacnio
32 years experience Pediatrics
Cat feces: Litter boxes are the most obvious. Unfortunately, cats get around, so their feces are almost everywhere in soil. Cows can inadvertently eat cat feces ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Garcia
9 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Toxoplasmosis : The vast majority of adults with primary toxoplasma infection have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, patients often complain of fevers, chills, and ... Read More
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