Toxoplasma is a harmful parasite that can cause an illness called toxoplasmosis.
Experts estimate that about half of toxoplasmosis infections are caused by eating raw or undercooked infected meat, but you can also get the parasite by:
Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy, even if the mother does not exhibit any symptoms. Get more information
on Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html
- eating unwashed contaminated produce
- drinking contaminated water
- handling contaminated soil, cat litter, or meat and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
Other ways to prevent risk include:
More information on prevention can be found at:
- Have someone else change the litter box.
- Wear gloves when gardening.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables and then wash your hands thoroughly.
- Avoid getting new cats during pregnancy.
- Cook meats to proper temperature.