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What is toxoplasmosis?
Toxoplasmosis is an infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Most of the time it causes no symptoms in healthy people.
How do people get toxoplasmosis?
People get toxoplasmosis by ingesting food or cat feces contaminated with Toxoplasma gondii.
What causes toxoplasmosis?
Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Cats commonly pass the parasite around, in their stools (feces).
What are the signs and symptoms of toxoplasmosis?
Most people do not have any signs or symptoms of Toxoplasma infection. If people have symptoms, it is usually because their immune system is weakened.
How is toxoplasmosis treated?
Treatment for toxoplasmosis is usually reserved only for pregnant women and individuals with a weakened immune system.
How can I prevent toxoplasmosis?
You can prevent toxoplasmosis by washing your hands thoroughly after cleaning your cat's litter tray, after touching soil or raw meat, and by washing food properly and cooking it well.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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