Created By: J'Naya Brown

  • Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. Over 60 million people in the U.S. have this parasite, but most of them don't get sick. This parasite can cause serious problems for some people. People with a weak immune system and babies whose mothers were infected for the first time during pregnancy are included.
  1. Raw meat is one of the main causes for toxoplasmosis. Which is mostly because the toxoplasma parasites lives in the flesh of many animals. But the parasite can be killed by cooking and pasteurization.
  • Contaminated water is also another cause for toxoplamosis because most contaminated waters are contaminated with Toxoplasma gondii.
  • One of the most common symptoms is a headache. Which can occur even if you have a weak immune system.
  • This video is explaining how if a woman is pregnant and is infected with toxoplasmosis, the baby can suffer severe problems. Such as mental retardation, that is if it survives.
  • The parasite can enter and take control over the brain by influencing the cells within the immune system. A cat is the only animal that the toxoplasma gondii can complete their life cycle.

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