November 2010 Issue

Toxoplasmosis: The Facts

Being pregnant is no reason to find your cat a new home! Hereís how we can keep ourselves safe.

Toxoplasmosis is a fairly common zoonosis (a disease that can be shared between humans and animals); 30 to 40 percent of adult humans, and roughly the same percentage of cats, have antibodies that indicate prior exposure to the organism that causes the disease. Nevertheless, thereís still a lot of misinformation regarding toxoplasmosis. The disease poses a threat primarily to fetuses and to immunosuppressed patients, but an understanding of the organismís life cycle, how transmission occurs and can be avoided, and the signs of infection can greatly reduce the risk of serious disease.

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