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Toxoplasmosis Eating Undercooked Meat
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
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
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
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
To avoid toxoplasmosis, do only pregnant women need to.Avoid raw.Meats or do you have to start avoiding when you start trying to.Conceive?
See below: You do not need to avoid meat when you are trying to get pregnant. ...Read more
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
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
Trichinosis: Trichinosis. See http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/trichinosis.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Should be ok: It will either run it's course but see a GI doc. ...Read more
I want to try to get pregnant but during the holidays i've been eating smoked salmon & paté, should I wait in case i develope listeriosis/toxoplasmosis?
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
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
I'm pregnant, not immune to toxoplasmosis.I was eating pork loin & i saw part of it was raw. I cut this part out and ate only the cooked part.Is it ok?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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