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How Can I 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can you get toxoplasmosis from cleaning out cat litter trays and can it cause you to have mental health problems, as some reports are claiming?
Yes you can: Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted via cat feces, and from undercooked, exposed meat. The parasite can be carried as a cyst within the brain. It can induce the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase necessary to make the neurotransmitter dopamine. Elevations in Dopamine may be associated with psychotic symptoms -- but toxoplasmosis is not the source of all psychosis. http://tinyurl.com/cftsn7. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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