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What causes toxoplasmosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

An infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii causes toxoplasma. This infection can be passed by eating an infected article that carries the parasite's eggs. It can only be reproduced in the intestines of a cat, but humans can become a host to the parasite.

Contamination occurs when you accidentally ingest cat droppings with the parasite or infected food, water, dishware, or produce. You can also develop toxoplasmosis through a contaminated transplant or blood transfusion. Mothers tend to pass the infection to their babies during pregnancy, where it can have serious ramifications.

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