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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

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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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Does having a c-section prevent a child from getting HIV if its mother is infected?

Does having a c-section prevent a child from getting HIV if its mother is infected?

Theoretically: Most infants infected with HIV during pregnancy acquire it by transplacental transmission, but vaginal delivery through a birth canal with a high viral load, or a bloody delivery could conceivably heighten the risk. ...Read more

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My rabbit has fungal infection.. ringworm..Does it spread to humans?? Is it zoonois??How can I prevent that?? What r d odds of me getting it frm him?

My rabbit has fungal infection..  ringworm..Does it spread to humans?? Is it zoonois??How can I prevent that?? What r d odds of me getting it frm him?

Stop googling!: yes ringworm spreads from animals to humans. It's hard to give the odds not knowing your contact with your rabbit but I wouldn't be surprised. Just watch for skin changes and likely can start with otc treatment if caught early. ...Read more

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My throat is starting to hurt! usually means for me a cold is coming, how can I prevent from getting sick?

My throat is starting to hurt! usually means for me a cold is coming, how can I prevent from getting sick?

Start treatment: Zycam (over the counter) is considered by many to be effective but treatment must be started the moment you first detect symptoms. I personally find zycam effective which i start taking at the first signs of a cold (scratchy throat). I also like "airborne" - also available over the counter. There had been reports of zycam nasal spray/swabs affecting smell. Use the lozenges. ...Read more

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What is the probability that i could catch mono from my brother?

What is the probability that i could catch mono from my brother?

Hard to speculate: Mono is passed in saliva of active cases.This can easily be passed to environmental objects from contaminated fingers & spread to others.Most adults have had mono as kids and are immune.If you did, you are, and won't get it. If not, it could be weeks after exposure before you would develop symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent my 3 month old from getting hand foot mouth disease from his daycare center there is an outbreak there?

What can I do to prevent my 3 month old from getting hand foot mouth disease from his daycare center there is an outbreak there?

Keep him home...: He may have contracted the virus already..The incubation period is about 3-7 days (time from contact to development of disease). So, if he has been home for past week without the fever/rashes etc..Likely he does not have it. It is usually mild and often resolved in 7-10 days. If you dont want him to get it, keep him home until outbreak is over..Consult your doc..Good luck.. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me getting fifth disease if my kid has it?

What are the chances of me getting fifth disease if my kid has it?

Prevention: Try to avoid respiratory secretions with handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes. In all probability you were probably exposed as an infant & already have antibodies to the infection. See article—> http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001972/. ...Read more

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If i have been cured of scabies, is it possible for me to transmit the disease still? Are the mites still under my skin?

If i have been cured of scabies, is it possible for me to transmit the disease still? Are the mites still under my skin?

Scabies: Once treated for scabies you are no longer able to transmit the disease. Often there is residual itching after treatment- that does not mean you still have mites under your skin. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent my baby from having fever after her vaccination?

Is there a way to prevent my baby from having fever after her vaccination?

?necessary for what?: Fever, if it occurs is a normal stress response & allows babies system to adjust to the increased metabolic demands of the vaccine. Increased blood flow caused by a mild fever lets baby move into high gear & accept & adjust to the stress.If baby maintains a normal feeding pattern they are fine to be left alone. If you must, use Acetaminophen but only if baby is awake. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i catch the chickenpox from my daughter's vaccination?

Is it possible that i catch the chickenpox from my daughter's vaccination?

Depends: If you had never had chickenpox, your exposure to the weakened virus carried by your kid may "vaccinate" you. Your chances of breaking out would be minor.You likely had chickenpox as a kid, and her vaccination would not reactivate your past illness. ...Read more

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What is the risk for getting anthrax from handling my own mail?

What is the risk for getting anthrax from handling my own mail?

Very, very low: According to an article written by ed o’keefe for the washington post, the United States postal service spends $101 million annually to screen all first-class mail. Envelopes are scanned and periodic air samples are taken to track for biologic agents. No harmful biological chemicals have been detected since 2002. ...Read more

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What are the odds of my son getting sick from eating an 8-day old hamburger?

What are the odds of my son getting sick from eating an 8-day old hamburger?

Time will tell.: Food poisoning can result from eating improperly handled or inadequately cooked meat. He may develop some nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. That was a bad idea. ...Read more

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If someone coughed at me immediately after i recovered from a cold, what is the chance of me getting sick again ?

If someone coughed at me immediately after i recovered from a cold, what is the chance of me getting sick again ?

If its the: "same" virus ..NO Chance you are (temporarily) immune..however since there are many viruses which can result in coughing there is a small chance that your recent "battle" with your own infection has made you susceptible for another! NOt TO WORRY ...Take some Vitamin C !!!! BE WELL Hope this helps! Dr z ...Read more

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If I had retinoblastoma as a baby, what are the chances of my child getting it?

If I had retinoblastoma as a baby, what are the chances of my child getting it?

Depends: The data suggests 7-45% depending on whether u had one or both eyes involved. A good parent resource can be found @ www.Retinoblastoma.Com . A session with a genetic counselor who has reviewed both parents family trees & specifics of existing conditions can render a specific set of risks for your situation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to keep my kids from getting head lice?

Is it possible for me to keep my kids from getting head lice?

Avoid contact: You should teach your children to not share hats, combs, pillows, etc. So that they are less likely to catch lice from other children. It takes relatively intimate direct contact to share the lice. They don't jump or fly. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting hepatitis C from a cut while getting a pedicure. I'm vaccinated against a and b. Anything I should do? Thank you.

What are the chances of getting hepatitis C from a cut while getting a pedicure. I'm vaccinated against a and b. Anything I should do? Thank you.

Low but possible: You need to have been cut by a tool contaminated with hepatitis c. This is unlikely if the nail salon appropriately cleans and steralizes their tools. To be sure contact your pcp and inform them of your concern and they can order a blood test ...Read more

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My husband is a chronic hep b carrier, i had 3 vaccine and now i would like to get pregnant. Is there risk of me getting infected ?

My husband is a chronic hep b carrier, i had 3 vaccine and now i would like to get pregnant. Is there risk of me getting infected ?

That depends...: ...On whether your only sexual partner is your husband, and more importantly your response to vaccination. Please, for your sake and that of your unborn child, ensure that you are immune to hepatitis b (e.g. That the vaccine took) and to other communicable diseases against which you can get vaccinated. Thanks for your concern. ...Read more

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Is blepharitis contagious? How can I protect my spouse from also getting it?

Is blepharitis contagious? How can I protect my spouse from also getting it?

Blepharitis: Usually it is not contagious. Keep your face cloth and towel separate and watch your hygeine. ...Read more

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Mom got bit by a rabid dog on arms and legs.how dangerous is it for her?She is 58 and diabetic. Shes is getting vaccinated.Anything to worry about?

Mom got bit by a rabid dog on arms and legs.how dangerous is it for her?She is 58 and diabetic. Shes is getting vaccinated.Anything to worry about?

Rabies prophylaxis: Definitely if someone is 'rabies exposed' they need professional care to prevent any chance of rabies. This starts by visiting an ER where they can do immediate wound care. Then, rabies immunoglobulin and rabies vaccine can be given, according to the best health recommendations. No one should die from this disease - it is 100% preventable, you just have to make sure you get to the doctor's. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

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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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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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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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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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If I get toxoplasmosis, will it definitely have an impact on my baby?

If I get toxoplasmosis, will it definitely have an impact on my baby?

No: Congenital toxoplasmosis infections are rare. Even if you were to develop an acute infection, the chances of it causing a problem in the baby is rare. ...Read more

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Is my risk of getting toxoplasmosis higher from my indoor cat or my outdoor gardening?

Exclusively indoors?: Outdoor gardening is riskier if your cat is truly an indoor type that has never caught a rodent or other wild animal for you in the house. ...Read more

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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

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Can you get toxoplasmosis from lake water?

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

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Is there a chance I got toxoplasmosis from a ball park frank?

Very little: Our manufacturing processes are clean enough to ensure clean ball park franks. ...Read more

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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 more

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