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What is my chance for getting toxoplasmosis from kittens?

What is my chance for getting toxoplasmosis from kittens?

Possible: Kittens may become infected from eating raw meat, catching rodents, etc. It is less likely than getting it from a mature animal, but possible. ...Read more

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 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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Can you get toxoplasmosis if a dog licks you after it ate from the cat litter box?

Can you get toxoplasmosis if a dog licks you after it ate from the cat litter box?

Toxoplasmosis: Theoretically yes. Although you can't "catch" toxoplasmosis from an infected child or adult, you can become infected if you come into contact with cat feces that contain the parasite. You may accidentally ingest the parasites if you touch your mouth after gardening, cleaning a litter box or touching anything that has come in contact with infected cat feces. ...Read more

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If i have a cat in the house, should i take the toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant?

If i have a cat in the house, should i take the toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant?

Recommendations: Give the cat box cleaning job to someone else if you become pregnant. Avoid contact with the feces. Testing is not likely to be of value. ...Read more

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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 more

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I have genetic toxoplasmosis is there a chance i could pass this on if i get pregnant?

I have genetic toxoplasmosis is there a chance i could pass this on if i get pregnant?

Clarification: I'm not exactly sure what you mean by genetic toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is a infectious, not a genetic condition. If you are already immune to toxo it should not be a problem. Toxo is problematic when mom's acquire it for the first time in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hello i have an indoor cat, should i take a toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant? Bcz a doc told m i shld b pg to take it

Hello i have an indoor cat, should i take a toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant? Bcz a doc told m i shld b pg to take it

Follow your Docs adv: Follow your doctor's advice. It is not customary to test all women who own an indoor cat before they become pregnant. You did not indicate you have any reason to believe you currently have an infection. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html ...Read more

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Can my baby get toxoplasmosis from putting a toy in her mouth after my cat sat on it?

Can my baby get toxoplasmosis from putting a toy in her mouth after my cat sat on it?

No, Unlikely: Toxo infections are rare. It is not all that contagious, so I would not worry about it unless there is constant and prolonged contact with a kitten infected with Toxo which is uncommon infection in the cats. ...Read more

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Can you get toxoplasmosis by shaking hands with or coming in contact with someone who has an indoor/outdoor cat and cleans the litter box?

Wash hands: Hopefully the person changing the kitty littler washes their hands after changing the box. Toxoplasmosis is not known to be passed from person to person in this matter but simple hand hygiene is a good practice as well. ...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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