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Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. More than 60 million individuals in the United States have the parasite, but most do not get sick. But the parasite causes serious problems for some individuals such as individuals with weak immune systems and babies whose mothers become infected for the first time during pregnancy. Complications can include damage to the brain, eyes and other organs.

You can get toxoplasmosis from

  • Waste from an infected cat
  • Eating contaminated meat that is raw or not well cooked
  • Using utensils or cutting boards after they've had contact with raw meat
  • Drinking infected water
  • Receiving an infected organ transplant or blood transfusion

Most people with toxoplasmosis do not require treatment. Medications are available to treat pregnant women and individuals with weak immune systems.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For additional information, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/toxoplasmosis/DS00510

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