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About Toxoplasmosis

Most people who become infected with toxoplasmosis have few, if any, symptoms. They recover without treatment, and then develop an immunity.

But if a pregnant woman with no immunity gets the infection, it could cause serious problems for her baby. The bacteria are most commonly transmitted through raw meat, cat feces, soil and sand. The best way to prevent being infected in the first place is to avoid being exposed to it, so it is wise to take the following precautions:

  • Have someone else empty the cat's litter box! Ideally, the box should be emptied daily, and use a highly-absorbent litter that will help dry the feces.
  • Never eat raw or extremely rare meat, especially lamb or mutton.
  • Wash hands after handling raw meat, and clean the surfaces it has touched.
  • Wash raw vegetables before eating.
  • Don't touch your mouth while working in the garden or handling raw vegetables. Wear rubber gloves while gardening and wash your hands well following either activity. Avoid gardening in areas where there is cat feces.
  • Cover children's sandboxes when not in use.
  • Wash your hands after playing with your cat, particularly before you eat.
  • Do not feed your cat raw meat and, if possible, keep it from hunting and eating small animals.
  • Before taking in or babysitting a cat, consider its health and eating habits.
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