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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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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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Can toxoplasmosis be hard to get?

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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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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If I get toxoplasmosis, will it definitely have an impact on my baby?

If I get toxoplasmosis, will it definitely have an impact on my baby?

Not definitely: Untreated women who acquired infection in 1st trimester in 10-25% had congenital infections in their babies. In the 2nd trimester its 30-54%. In the 3rd trimester its 60-65%. Infant disease is more severe if toxoplasmosis is acquired by the mother in the 1st or 2nd trimesters. Most infants born of mothers infected in the 3rd trimester have subclinical infection but still need treatment. ...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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Can you get toxoplasmosis from lake water?

Potentially: Toxoplasmosis can come from animals and if there are animals in the lake then it can become contaminated You have to swallow the lake water that contains the Oocysts (contaminants) in order to become infected here is a link for toxoplasmosis http://www.healthline.com/health/toxoplasmosis#Overview1 ...Read more

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Can a man get infected with toxoplasmosis from his cat?

Can a man get infected with toxoplasmosis from his cat?

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). ...Read more

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Iritis and toxoplasmosis: are they linked? If u have toxoplasmosis, can u get iritis? Definitive answer please. I'm getting different answers.

Can be linked: Toxoplasmosis can cause uveitis but is possible to have inactive toxoplasmosis and iritis that are not related as well. A serum toxoplasma igm test can indicate whether there is an active infection with toxoplasmosis, but if negative does not rule out that possibility as it does not always rise when the organism is in the eye. ...Read more

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Should every new born get tested for toxoplasmosis?

No: Only if there is a clinical suspicion. Here is some information about congenital toxoplasmosis: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001360.htm ...Read more

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Do you have to get toxoplasmosis testing while pregnant?

Do you have to get toxoplasmosis testing while pregnant?

Not routine: Pregnant women are not generally routinely screened for toxoplasmosis during pregnancy unless there is exposure and symptoms. However, individual practice policy may vary. ...Read more