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Can you contract toxoplasmosis from another human?

Can you contract toxoplasmosis from another human?

Not generally: Toxoplasmosis is usually acquired from eating raw or undercooked meat or from cat feces in which the oocysts excreted from the feline GI tract mature to infected forms for humans. Once you get toxoplasmosis you may not have symptoms but the organism stays with you for a lifetime. It is conceivable that blood transfusion transmission may occur, or through needle exchange. ...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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What are the odds of a human getting toxoplasmosis?

Favorable: People can get toxoplasmosis but not many are at risk.No treatment is needed if there are no symptoms and many never knew they had and cleared infection. Those at risk: 1. Hiv/aids 2. On steroids or other immunosuppressant drugs 3. On chemotherapy 4. During pregnancy: avoid cat litter/ contaminated soil, undercooked meat. Cover kid's sand boxes, wash hands after cutting raw meat, screened if risk. ...Read more

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Is it possible for humans to get toxoplasmosis from pet birds? (not eating) or at least from other animals besides cats? Any reported cases?

Is it possible for humans to get toxoplasmosis from pet birds? (not eating) or at least from other animals besides cats? Any reported cases?

No, yes: Cats are the only definitive hosts for toxoplasmosis, which means that the parasite only produces eggs (oocysts) in a cat, which can be excreted to the environment. Other animals, including humans, can be infected but don't excrete eggs. Eating an animal infected with toxoplasmosis can transmit the disease. ...Read more

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How common is toxoplasmosis in humans from a cat? Cats tested positive for coccidiosis now I have flu like symptoms and fever.

How common is toxoplasmosis in humans from a cat? Cats tested positive for coccidiosis now I have flu like symptoms and fever.

See below: It would be more common for you to have cat scratch fever than the two you mention. However your symptoms are non specific and could be viral and not related at all to your cat only your physician can find out which it is. ...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