Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. It is considered to be the leading cause of death attributed to food borne illness in the United States.
How many people have this?
More than 60 million people in the United States have the parasite, yet most people won't get sick but for other people the parasite can cause serious problems, this parasite can last up to 1-3 weeks.
What are the symptoms to toxoplasmosis?
When you have the parasite to toxoplasmosis you will start getting the symptoms.
A healthy person with get these symptoms:
- Mild illness with fever
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- And in rare cases, eye disease with visual loss can occur
For those who have a weakened immune system get these few symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- And in rare cases seizures
How can you catch and prevent this:
You can get this infection from the waste of infected cats, eating some contaminated meat that is raw and not cooked thoroughly, by using utensils or cutting boards after they've had contact with raw contaminated meat, drinking infected water, and last you can get it by receiving and infected organ transplant or a blood transfusion. To prevent from getting this parasite besure to cook food sto safe temperatures. A food thermometer should be used to measure the internal temperature of cooked meat. Do not sample meat until it is cooked.
When pregnant with toxoplasmosis...
Sometimes when a baby gets toxoplasmosis they can seem normal at birth, but they will only develop severe disabilities later in their life. The symptoms can be eye disorders, learning disabilities or mental retardation. A woman who is contaminated before pregnancy her child will be protected by immunity, but if she is contaminated during her pregnancy her child will be contaminated as well.
The video tells about toxoplasmosis in women.
The video above is about people at the risk of toxoplasmosis.