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Doctor insights on: Does Eating Undercooked Meat Cause Toxoplasmosis

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Can eating undercooked meat effect your baby?

Can eating undercooked meat effect your baby?

Possibly: Cooking makes sure that potentially infectiousare killed. We have all seen examples of withdrawal of ground beef for this reason. Undercooked meat is a risk, not a certainty. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Shah
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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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After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

You may not get sick: It depends on the state of meat before you ate. If the meat was from a healthy animal that was slaughtered and processed hygienically, you may not suffer any ill-effects. If these conditions are not met, illnesses range from gastro-enterititis within hours to parasitic infestations that may take years to express. ...Read more

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Could someone get toxoplasmosis from eating undercooked salmon?

Could someone get toxoplasmosis from eating undercooked salmon?

Not likely: Toxoplasmosis is usually found in warm blooded animals- a search of the Alaska registry for diseases in animals did not come up with any fish infected with toxo and so that is likely the case from salmon in other parts of North America Here is the web site that I used- very helpful! http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=disease.diseaselist#fish ...Read more

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I will get a blood test for toxoplasmosis tomorrow and i ate raw meat 6 days ago...Will it be enough to detect it in case i got infected ?I'm pregnant

I will get a blood test for toxoplasmosis tomorrow and i ate raw meat 6 days ago...Will it be enough to detect it in case i got infected ?I'm pregnant

For baseline: The test may show that you had an infection earlier and are not at risk from the episode 6 days ago. If you acquired the infection only six days ago, the test will be negative, but it will still be important as a baseline to compare with a test that should be done in 2-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Toxoplasmosis blood test was negative last july. Now i'm 4 weeks pregnant & ate raw meat by accident today. How long should I wait 2test 2 c if i'm infected?

Toxoplasmosis blood test was negative last july. Now i'm 4 weeks pregnant & ate raw meat by accident today. How long should I wait 2test 2 c if i'm infected?

Now: You can have a titer drwan now, if positive you are already immune, if negative recheck in 4 to 6 weeks to see if you have recently acquire toxoplasmosis. You should be aware, you do not get toxoplasmosis from eating raw meat, unless you first handled cat litter and did not wash your hands well. If you have cats, you may have already had toxoplasmosis and the lab work will disclose that. ...Read more

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What are some things that can happen if a person eats undercooked meat?

What are some things that can happen if a person eats undercooked meat?

Eating raw meat: Humans can eat and digest raw meat, . An example is eating steak raw or rare. The main reason humans eat cooked meat is to destroy or kill bacteria and parasites that can cause one to get sick. Bacteria include salmonella, e. Coli, shigella, listeria. Parasites include ameba, tapeworms, toxopasma, etc. ...Read more

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I think i ate a small portion of undercooked meat. What are the health risks?

I think i ate a small portion of undercooked meat. What are the health risks?

Minimal: I assume this portion was in the interior of a piece of meat otherwise cooked. Most infection in meats , except for ground meat, is on the surface and will be eliminated if the outside gets over 165 degrees. So depending upon the conditions of the meat you ate, i seriously doubt there will be any consequences. ...Read more

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How come you get salmonella from an undercooked piece of meat?

How come you get salmonella from an undercooked piece of meat?

Processing: When meat is processed it is often contaminated by fecal matter from the animals and if the salmonella is not killed by appropriate heating it can infect you. The contamination has to be significant unless you have low gastric acidity or are taking antibiotics for another reason. ...Read more

Undercooked Meats (Definition)

Eating undercooked meats increases the risk of certain ...Read more