Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that causes Toxoplasmosis. This parasite can infect any warm-blooded animal that should come in contact with the parasite. This parasite can be dangerous in some cases which include having a weak immune system or being born with toxoplasmosis.
The life cycle of toxoplasmosis starts at the immediate hosts (rodents, raw meats) and branches out to other hosts that are infected. This can all lead to the human body. Anyone or anything can be at risk. To prevent this parasite keep away from the feces of animals (cats), cook meats to the correct degree and time, and wash your hands ofte
Babies that have mothers who received toxoplasmosis while pregnant will be infected. It is highly advised that pregnant women should keep from litter boxes and the feces of cats.
Toxoplasma usually does not have symptoms, but if you experience eye problems seek help immediately. This is a picture of how toxoplasmosis grows in you retina.
Toxoplasmosis can spread any way. It can be transferred to an animal such as a cow through the feces of animals with toxoplasmosis. Once the cow is processed into meat, people can be infected and then transfer on to their children if they become pregnant. the incubation period depends on the way a person is infected. If infected by a cat it can take up to 5 to 20 days and if it is from contaminated meat it will take 10 to 23 days.
Toxoplasma Gondii can enter into the human brain to cause all kinds of neurological problems. The only way this parasite can finish its cycle is through the cat.