Toxoplasmosis & Pregnancy
What is toxoplasmosis?
Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii that can threaten the health of an unborn child. You can get the infection from handling soil or cat litter that contains cat feces infected with the parasite. You can also get it from eating undercooked meat from animals infected with the parasite or from uncooked foods that have come in contact with contaminated meat. If you have been infected with Toxoplasma once, you will usually not become infected again.
What are the symptoms of Toxoplasma?
Because most people with Toxoplasma have no symptoms, it may be difficult to know if you have been infected. When symptoms do appear, they can resemble the flu and include fever and swollen lymph glands.