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Doctor insights on: Parasitic Diseases Toxoplasmosis

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Dr. Monica Shah
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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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Why are parasitic diseases difficult to control?

Why are parasitic diseases difficult to control?

Agree: Parasitic infections occur more commonly in 3rd world countries where financial resources and conditions are less than optimal in dealing with these conditions. ...Read more

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What are some food-borne parasitic diseases that affect the body?

What are some food-borne parasitic diseases that affect the body?

Ameba and giardia: The most common parasitic illnesses that are food borne in the us are giardiasis and amebiasis. They are mostly acquired during foreign travel. ...Read more

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What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

Lymphedema: Filariasis (wucheria bancrofti) is the parasite and the lympedema is quite severe. Chronic lymphedema cannot be cured although exercise, compression stocking etc.., may help. The worst consequence is lyphangiosarcoma which is a cancer. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some negative consequences of a parasitic disease that ceases flow of lymph into bloodstream?

Elephantiasis: Parasites such as micro filariae, clog up the lymphatic vessels, leading to the accumulation of fluids in the lower extremity. An example of a negative consequence of this accumulation is a condition called "elephantiasis". In other situations, the fluid backs up into the scrotum leading to massive scrotal swelling. ...Read more

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If I caught e.cuniculi from my pet rabbit, would I be able to get treatment to rid myself of the parasitic disease? I am a worried pet owner..

If I caught e.cuniculi from my pet rabbit, would I be able to get treatment to rid myself of the parasitic disease? I am a worried pet owner..

Yes, tx is available: First you can catch E. Cunic. from your rabbits, especially by coming into contact with their urine. About 20% of rabbits in the US have this parasite and it is transmittable to humans. The treatment involved antifungal topicals and, if the disease if systemic, Albendazole is necessary. Fortunately, the parasite is detectable by blood assay. ...Read more

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If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent , should child(now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent , should child(now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If you're worried: Did he have serial toxoplasmosis-specific igg's and igm's done the first year of life? Igg titers drawn now won't define when he became positive; negative titers would be nice. Exams by a pediatric ophthalmologist, an audiologist, and a neurologist with brain mri, neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental exams would be requested by your son's primary pediatrician if titers are +. ...Read more

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Have lot of fear of catching diseases like listeriosis,toxoplasmosis,herpes etc. in pregnancy. Is it paranoia, OCD?Can it affect my baby? What to do?

Have lot of fear of catching diseases like listeriosis,toxoplasmosis,herpes etc. in pregnancy. Is it paranoia, OCD?Can it affect my baby? What to do?

Possibly: You may have a form of anxiety. I suggest you contact a mental health professional to determine if this is something that needs to be addressed. There is literature that indicates the mood state of the mother impacts the fetus. ...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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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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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 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

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What effect does toxoplasmosis have on a developing baby?

Toxoplasmosis: Are yoiu talking about a fetus or a child who has already been born. Effect on the fetus depends on the stage of development and trimester during which the infection is acquired. Speak to your pediatrician or a maternal-fetal health specialist. ...Read more

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In what way you can determine if a baby has toxoplasmosis?

In what way you can determine if a baby has toxoplasmosis?

Blood tests: Diagnosis can be confirmed by detecting a positive blood test called the IgM assay for toxo in the first 6 months. An IgG assay may pick up moms transferred material and would not be specific for baby.The IgM would be produced by the baby in response to an infection. Suspicion & need for testing may arise from exam findings. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis be found in other animals or only in cats?

Can toxoplasmosis be found in other animals or only in cats?

Warm blooded animals: Though felids are the only definitive hosts of t gondii, it can be transmitted by swallowing oocysts in cat feces, eating tissue cysts in infected meat, and transplacental transfer of tachyzoites. ...Read more

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