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How do people catch toxoplasmosis?

How do people catch toxoplasmosis?

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. ...Read more

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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more


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If I catch toxoplasmosis, am I infected for life?

If I catch toxoplasmosis, am I infected for life?

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. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant. My dog rolled in cat feces and then scratched himself causing hair to fly everywhere. Can i catch toxoplasmosis by inhaling hair/dust?

Extremely unlikely : That sounds like an incredibly unlikely wait to catch toxoplasmosis. Simply wash your hands and it won't be an issue. Toxoplasmosis is transmitted by ingestion not inhalation. ...Read more

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Can i catch toxoplasmosis from a cat scratch in the eye? My cat was born with this and even after treatment i had to put him to sleep. I've been sick

Can i catch toxoplasmosis from a cat scratch in the eye? My cat was born with this and even after treatment i had to put him to sleep. I've been sick

Cat Scratch: Cats may carry toxoplasma gondi in their stools as oocysts which do not become infective for humans until about 7-10 days incubation in the litter box. Not transmitted by scratching. Cat scratch disease is caused by bartonella henselae and this bacteria can produce ocular disease, but this would have to be diagnosed by ophthalmologic exam. See a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Have lot of fear of catching diseases like listeriosis,toxoplasmosis,herpes etc. in pregnancy. Is it paranoia, OCD?Can it affect my baby? What to do?

Have lot of fear of catching diseases like listeriosis,toxoplasmosis,herpes etc. in pregnancy. Is it paranoia, OCD?Can it affect my baby? What to do?

Possibly: You may have a form of anxiety. I suggest you contact a mental health professional to determine if this is something that needs to be addressed. There is literature that indicates the mood state of the mother impacts the fetus. ...Read more

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What is toxoplasmosis?

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. ...Read more

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Is toxoplasmosis airborne?

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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 litter dust could lead to transmission. By far, the most likely transmission is from consumption of undercooked meat. ...Read more

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How common is toxoplasmosis?

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. ...Read more

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How can I get toxoplasmosis?

From a litter box: The parasite, toxoplasma is excreted in the stool of healthy appearing house cats. It can be acquired from a task as simple as changing a litter box without washing ones hands. ...Read more

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How is toxoplasmosis treated?

Medication: This condition can be treated with a few different medications. Key is confirming the diagnosis before embarking onto medications. This article may help answer your questions. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/ ...Read more