Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis
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  • Toxoplasmosis by: Olivia Perkins
  • Toxoplasmosis is the result of an infection from a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.
  • A regular housecat is the main host to the parasite that causes Toxoplasmosis. Other animals such as goats and dogs can be affected, as well as humans.
  • T. gondii begins its life in the intestines of a cat. From there it enters other prospective hosts. There it causes rapid division within a cell until it bursts - resulting in the spread to more tissue. 
  • By sitting on her pillow, I am exposing her to cat feces which carry the parasite
  • T. gondii is a protozoan, common parasite that exists in many warm blooded animals. It exists in a few different stages.
  • Symptoms of this include body aches, headaches, and fatigue. However, most people will never even notice that they suffer from Toxoplasmosis.
  • In order to diagnose toxoplasmosis, a blood test is required. However, most people never even notice that something is wrong.
  • If treatment is needed, certain drugs like pyrimethamine can be used, but she'll be fine. Probably.
  • She could've simply prevented this disease by limiting her contact with cats. So whose fault is this REALLY?
  • The infection is acquired through contact with cat feces along with eating undercooked foods. The baby can also get it from the mother.
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