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how do people catch toxoplasmosis?

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Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lalanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Cats: Cats are the host, handling infected cat's feces can infect humans too.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Several ways: Cats are the definitive host for toxoplasmosis, that is, the sexual life cycle for the organism takes place in their intestines. The oocysts are then passed in the stool and become infectious to humans after a few days of maturing. Many people, however, acquire toxoplasmosis by eating undercooked meat that contain cysts in the tissues rather than from cat droppings.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is toxoplasmosis?

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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 undercooked meat, not cats as everyone assumes. Outdoor cats that kill their own food may introduce toxoplasomosis into the home by passing the organism into their litter box. Indoor cats that consume food that is provided to them will not get toxo.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I get toxoplasmosis?

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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 most common way people acquire toxoplasmosis. Eat your meat well-done!
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is toxoplasmosis?

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
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 is low. People are exposed by eating undercooked vegetables or meat or from cat litter.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can toxoplasmosis be fatal?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Yes.: For most healthy people, toxoplasmosis is not fatal - in fact, 80-90% of healthy people don't ever get symptoms of the disease. However, if you are pregnant or are immunocompromised (aids), you are at risk from complications including death. That being said, death from toxoplasmosis here in the U.S. Is still uncommon (about 750 people die each year that we know of).
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I catch toxoplasmosis, am I infected for life?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: In people with a normal immune system, toxoplasmisis is a self-limited disease. In people who are immunocompromized, such as HIV or organ transplant patients, the disease can reactivate.

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