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Toxoplasmosis
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It's an infection caused by a microscopic parasite called Toxoplasma gondii that can live inside the cells of humans and animals, especially cats and farm animals. Once a person has become infected with toxoplasmosis, the infection remains in the body dormant, in a latent (inactive) form that causes no adverse effects. It is contracted by drinking water or eating contaminated raw or partly cooked meat, pork, lamb, venison. Also by putting your hands to your mouth after handling undercooked meat, knives, utensils, cutting boards and other foods that have been contaminated. Cat faeces are a concern especially for pregnant mothers who may pass the parasite to the unborn child. Symptoms may vary from no symptoms to feeling as if they have the "flu" with swollen lymph glands muscle aches and pains. Symptoms can be more severe for immuno- suppressed people or congenitally (present at birth) infected.

 

 

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