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How common is toxoplasmosis?

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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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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How common is rabies?

How common is rabies?

Uncommon: Rabies is quite rare but it also depends on where you are. Not all a animals can transmit the disease. the reason you hear some much about it is that is a fatal disease that can be prevented with proper immunization. ...Read more

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How common is hepatitis?

How common is hepatitis?

Depends: Depends on which population you are looking at. Worldwide there are 300 million with hep b and the incidence of hep c is about 0.3/1000. The prevalence is greatly increased in high risk groups such as high risk sexual behavior and IV drug abuse. Prevention is your best friend as hep b and c can both cause chronic and life altering infection. ...Read more

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How common is fifths disease?

How common is fifths disease?

I would say so: The majority of kids will have this before school age and have blood evidence of prior infections by the time they are teens.I see a case every month in the office and others are labeled during a phone call to the office. Rarely(once every few years) I see kids pass it to their parents who must have missed it as a kid. ...Read more

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How common is tbe?

How common is tbe?

TBE incidence: Tick borne encephalitis, while common in europe, is very rare in the U.S. 5 confirmed cases were diagnosed in the U.S. Between 2000 and 2009. All were in travelers who had either been to europe or china recently. All 5 survived without chronic complications. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease contagious, how common is it in babies?

Is crohn disease contagious, how common is it in babies?

Crohn's disease: This is not a communicable condition, as far we understand it. Its etiology has been attributed to colonization of the gut with different organisms (a british doctor thinks a tb-like bacillus) and an abnormal host immune response to these. 20% of cases occur in children, but the youngest are in the range of 7-8 years, and often in families with adult crohns, suggesting hereditary component. ...Read more

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How common is fifth disease?

How common is fifth disease?

I see clusters yrly: As an illness, fifth disease usually makes its rounds amoung the infant and toddler set . I see it in clusters, affecting one or another day care center or church nursery in waves, followed by months when no cases come in.A few years back we had a wave that affected toddlers, teens and a few adults, which was a bit unusual ...Read more

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How common is adrenoleukodystrophy?

How common is adrenoleukodystrophy?

Adrenoleukodystrophy: Adrenoleukodystrophy is passed down from parents to their children as an x-linked genetic trait. It therefore affects mostly males, although some women who are carriers can have milder forms of the disease. It affects approximately 1 in 20, 000 people from all races. The condition results in the buildup of very-long-chain fatty acids in the nervous system, adrenal gland, and testes, which disrupts. ...Read more

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How common is thalassemia?

How common is thalassemia?

Millions of carriers: Thalassemia is one of the most common gene mutations in the world. Overall, an estimated 20-25 million people are carriers (1/300) (about 1/1000 in low-risk peoples, and about 1/30 in high-risk peoples). Low risk: japanese, korean, n. European caucasians, native canadians, native americans. High risk: mediterranean, middle eastern, south asian, south-east asian (western pacific rim), caribbean. ...Read more

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How common is hypothyroidism?

How common is hypothyroidism?

Fairly common: About 3% of the general population has hypothyroidism. It is more common in women than in men, and can run in families. ...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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How common is gastroschisis?

How common is  gastroschisis?

Incidence is rising: 20 years ago it would have been reported that about 1/10, 000 babies had gastroschisis. Now that risk may be as high as 3-4 in 10, 000 babies in some places. We do not know what is causing the risk of gastroschisis to rise. ...Read more

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How common is oligohyramnios?

How common is oligohyramnios?

"Low fluid": Oligohydraminos literally means "low fluid, " and corresponds to the amniotic fluid measurement that is performed when a sonogram is done. It may be detected in the second and third trimesters, resulting from many different medical situations and is usually seen in about 10% of pregnancies beyond 41 weeks. ...Read more

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How common is sepsis?

How common is sepsis?

Common: Sepsis with a severe infection is common - to meet the definition you need only have a suspected infection, a heart rate greater than 90, temperature greater than 100.4 or less than 96.8, a respiratory rate greater than 20, or a high or low white blood cell count. ...Read more

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How common is neonatal tetanus?

How common is neonatal tetanus?

Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung ( practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & theres a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more

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How common is cfs?

How common is cfs?

Various: With our polluted environment and poor diets very! find a functional medicine doc in your area at a4m.Com using doc locator function. They can help you find cause of your cfs - usually environmental toxins, food allergens, and metabolic derangements. Then you can live a normal life rather than take meds that just mask symptoms and cause side effects! it is treatable! ...Read more

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How common is cat scratch disease and how easily is it transmitted ?

How common is cat scratch disease and how easily is it transmitted ?

Cat scratch fever: Cat scratch fever is caused by a bacteria named bartonella henselae. It is caused by the scratch of a cat. The bacteria can live in the cat's nails. The bacteria enter the skin, and about 1-2 weeks later the lymph nodes enlarge, fever and pain develop, and other symptoms. Any cat can cause it, even your own cat. To prevent it, keep your cat's claws clipped and don't allow her to scratch you. ...Read more

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How common is epilepsy?

How common is epilepsy?

3rd most common: According to the epilepsy foundation website, epilepsy is the third most common neurological disease in the US after Alzheimer's and stroke. It affects almost 3 million Americans and 50 million persons worldwide. ...Read more

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How common is neuroblastoma?

How common is neuroblastoma?

Relatively common: Childhood cancer is rare. That being said, neuroblastoma makes up 8-10% of childhood cancer, and is the most common cancer in infants. About 700 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the us each year. ...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 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 are the symptoms common to toxoplasmosis in pregnancy?

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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8 weeks pregnant and worried about eating salad from a restaurant because of toxoplasmosis. Should i avoid salad because if this? Is it common?

8 weeks pregnant and worried about eating salad from a restaurant because of toxoplasmosis. Should i avoid salad because if this? Is it common?

Chill: If you are buying your food from a reputable place or eating at reputable establishments (most cities rate restaurants for cleanliness and codes compliance), it is unlikely you are going to get a disease from a salad. Although weird things occasionally do happen, you cannot go through this pregnancy freaked out about every "possible" exposure. Chill! ...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 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