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

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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Technically no.

T. Gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that exists in three forms: the oocyst, which is shed only in cat feces; the tachyzoite (a rapidly dividing form observed in the acute phase of infection); and the bradyzoite (a slow growing form observed within tissue cysts).
During a primary infection, a cat can shed millions of oocysts daily from its alimentary canal for a period of 1-3 weeks.

In brief: Technically no.

T. Gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that exists in three forms: the oocyst, which is shed only in cat feces; the tachyzoite (a rapidly dividing form observed in the acute phase of infection); and the bradyzoite (a slow growing form observed within tissue cysts).
During a primary infection, a cat can shed millions of oocysts daily from its alimentary canal for a period of 1-3 weeks.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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