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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Why do you care ?: You get toxo by inhaling the cyst stage (egg) from their dried poop. In people with a normal immune system it can trigger a flu like illness, but seld ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience in 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
22 years experience in 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
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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 53-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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wendy Askew
23 years experience in 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Cats: Cats are the host, handling infected cat's feces can infect humans too.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Garcia
8 years experience in 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jovi Cacnio
31 years experience in 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

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