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What is toxoplasmosis?

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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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

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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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?

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

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Can toxoplasmosis be hard to get?

No: Just bad luck really, you can acquire it from undercooked pork, or from cat feces (more common with outdoor cats). ...Read more

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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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Is toxoplasmosis testing complicated?

Is toxoplasmosis testing complicated?

Toxo testing: No. A blood test is performed. Serologic (igg and igm) blood testing is the most common initial diagnostic test for acute toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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In what way can you get toxoplasmosis?

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 when in pasture. You can get toxo from eating undercooked meat, drinking unpasteurized milk, or handling soil without gloves or washing hands. And, of course, from cleaning up after your cat. ...Read more

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Can my cat give my child toxoplasmosis?

Can my cat give my child toxoplasmosis?

Yes.: One can contract toxoplasmosis by consuming food or water contaminated with cat feces or by contaminated environmental samples (such as fecal-contaminated soil or changing the litter box of a pet cat). Children are particularly vulnerable because of poor hand hygiene. ...Read more

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Where can I find toxoplasmosis testing?

Where can I find toxoplasmosis testing?

Anywhere: It can be ordered by any doctorn and sent to any commercial laboratory. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis : The vast majority of adults with primary toxoplasma infection have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, patients often complain of fevers, chills, and sweats in association with prominent enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck. Blood testing is needed for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I die from toxoplasmosis if I ignore it?

No,but in some cases: Depending where it is and on the state of your immune system. If it is in your brain, and have HIV then you are at risk for brain swelling and hernation. Otherwise, many people with an intact immune system get infected but are able to beat the infectio n down. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting toxoplasmosis?

.2-1% per year: The chance of a women getting Toxoplasmosis during Pregnancy in the USA is estimated to be between 0.2% and 1%. Risks are increased by new exposure to cat feces, gardening and certain meats. If you are a cat lover, chances are you already have it. Its only worrisome if you acquire it the first time during pregnancy or if you are immune suppressed from HIV or an organ transplant. Bests wishes! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis in baby?

Often asymptomatic: 70-90% of infants infected in utero are asymptomatic in newborn period but develop visual impairment, learning disability, and mental retardation become apparent several months to years later. Symptomatic infants present with rash, enlarged liver, spleen, lymph nodes, and microcephaly or hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Are children more susceptible to toxoplasmosis?

Maturity helps: Yes, their brains are undergoing maturation especially during the first2-3 years of life thereby making them more susceptible. Alo they have not yet reached adult levels of immunity. Newborn babies are usually screened for toxo in most states because of their susceptibility. ...Read more

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What is toxoplasmosis and how can it be treated?

Parasite Infection: Infection with toxoplasma gondii can cause no symptoms or a range of problems; worse in those with weakened immune systems. The disease can affect the brain, lung, heart, eyes, or liver.If symptoms are present, t is treated with antibiotics and a medicine also used for malaria. If a baby is born with the infection, congenital changes occur so pregnant women are checked for this infection. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of exposure to toxoplasmosis?

Many: Fever, rash, lymph swelling, or no symptoms. If pg or trying to get pg get a blood test to see if you have an active or old exposure! ...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