By Yours Truly, Elizabeth Garcia

  • Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma ghondii

Who is at risk?

  • Women who are pregnant are at risk
  • People with low immune systems are also vulnerable to contracting the disease
  • Anyone can be infected by this disease, but only a few people actually show symptoms

How can you contract this parasite?

  • Contaminated meat that is raw or not cooked thoroughly
  • Any utensils that have come in contact with contaminated meat
  • Contaminated water
  • Cat waste
  • Organ transplant or blood transfusion from someone who has contracted the disease


  • Most infections do not pose symptoms
  • If so, they would include: headache, enlarged lymph nodes in head region, fever, sore throat, muscle pain
  • In rare cases, temporary vision loss is also a symptom
  • People with weak immune symptoms may suffer from: fever, confusion, headache, blurred vision, and seizures

Incubation period

  • Typically, one to three weeks

Is it dangerous

  • This disease does not cause serious harm to most people
  • May cause serious health problems for people with weak immune systems or expecting mothers (can be passed on to the child)

How can you prevent it?

  • Avoid eating under cooked or raw meat
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat
  • Clean the cutting boards and utensils used for the raw meat
  • Clean countertops and other surfaces that may have come in contact with the raw meat
  • Wash your hands after cleaning the cat's litter box

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