What is it?
Toxoplasmosis is a disease that results from the infection of toxoplasma gondii. This disease is very common in the U.S. There are more than 3 million cases of Toxoplasmosis in the U.S each year. This disease is treatable. It is mainly spread by animals and insects. This disease carries a medium term, meaning that it should only last a few months.
Who is at risk?
Anyone can be infected with Toxoplasmosis. The people who are at risk with this disease are the people who have HIV/AIDS, if you are going through chemotherapy, or if you are taking steroids or other immunosuppressant drugs.
What are the sources?
The toxoplasma parasite lives in the flesh of animals. These animals range from mice to cattle. They infect the other animals that eat them, such as cats and humans. The toxoplasma parasite can be killed by cooking. The source of this parasite is contaminated meat that is raw or not well cooked, cooking utensils after they have been in contact with raw meat, feces from a cat that had been infected, contaminated water, and an organ transplant or blood transfusion from an infected person.
What is the incubation period?
The incubation period is approximately 1-3 weeks.
What are the symptoms?
Most infections show no symptoms. However, symptoms in otherwise healthy people include things such as enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and head, headache, mild illness with a fever, muscle pain, sore throat, and in rare cases, eye disease with visual loss. The symptoms in people with a weakened immune system may be severe. Those symptoms are things such as confusion, fever, headache, blurred vision, and seizures.
how dangerous is this illness?
This disease is only really dangerous to women who are pregnant and people with weakened immune systems. This disease can cause many health problems to women who are pregnant or those with weakened immune systems.
How can i prevent this illness?
There are many ways to prevent this illness. You should start by avoiding to eat under cooked or raw meats, you should freeze meat to negative four (-4) degrees for two days, always wash your hands, surfaces, and all utensils thoroughly with soap and water after you have come in contact with raw meat, you should was your hands really good with you have come in contact with cat feces or soil that is contaminated with cat feces, and you must always was raw fruits and vegetables before eating them. Pregnant women should avoid as much contact with cat feces and take precautions when cooking or eating food.