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How does toxoplasmosis affect the body?

Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, forms small cysts in your body when an individual is infected. Usually, your immune system will develop antibodies against the parasite and you will probaby not see any symptoms. Symptoms that do surface will resemble those of the flu and disappear within a few weeks. For those with weakened immune systems, the infection may display symptoms such as seizures, confusion, or poor motor skills. In pregnancies, the parasite can cause a miscarriage, stillborn child, or the baby may have problems like seizures, mental disability, an abnormally large or small head, or blindness.

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