Toxoplasmosis

-Kaylee Jo Box

What is it??

-disease caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii. Over 60 million people in the United States have this disease, although many do not show symptoms.

Incubation period for toxoplasmosis is 1-3 weeks.
Cycle of toxoplasmosis and how one may get toxoplasmosis from a cat.

People can get toxoplasmosis from raw or undercooked foods.

You may also get toxoplasmosis from an organ transplant or blood transfusion from someone who has this.

Symptoms

Normal immune system: mild fever, headaches, sore throat, muscle pain, vision loss (rarely)

Weaker immune system may suffer from: fever, confusion, headaches, blurred vision, and seizures

How Dangerous is Toxoplasmosis?

Preventions:

ALWAYS make sure you cook your meat and poultry to the correct temperature

Freeze meats at -4 degrees F

Wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating

Wash hands thoroughly with soap after handling raw meats

If you have a cat, wash your hands after handling cat feces or soil that has been contaminated with cat feces.

Videos:

First video is a little nasty, but shows how toxoplasmosis can enter cats.

The next video shows how this disease spreads.

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