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Toxoplasmosis: Symptoms, Cause and Treatment

What is Toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is a disorder which is arise by the organism Toxoplasma gondii which may be present in the animal like cat's feces, bird or in any meat and it may cause to sudden death to anybody or miscarriage of pregnant women if exposed to these parasites.

What are the causes of Toxoplasmosis?

  • Toxoplasmosis occurs because of the organism Toxoplasma gondii.
  • It may occur by touching or coming close to the animals having these parasites which causes to this disease.
  • By eating meat which comes under the contact of parasites and undercooked.
  • Eating fruits and vegetables without washing may cause to this disease.
  • It may occur with birth if mother is infected with Toxoplasmosis.
  • In some cases it may occur through blood transfusion and organ transplantation. Otherwise it doesn't spread from person to person.

Symptoms of Toxoplasmosis

  • Patient infected with this disease may not be knowing of it but after they feel with symptoms and these symptoms includes following-
  • They may get fever
  • Sore throat, muscle and tiredness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Body aches
  • Seizures
  • Headache
  • Inflammation of the retina
  • Pregnant women with this disease and person who getting transplantation of the organs due to the disease like AIDS and cancer are under the serious risk of the illness.

Treatment of Toxoplasmosis

Patient of this disease do not require treatment until it become serious or treatment is required when it affect to the heart and eye otherwise healthy person and women who are not pregnant do not require any treatment.

If treatment is required it includes some medicines such as Pyrimethamine, Leucovorin, Clindamycin and Sulfadiazine, these are very effective medicine for this disease.

Prevention for Toxoplasmosis

  • Do not wash cat if you are pregnant
  • Eat fully cooked meet
  • Eat fruits and vegetables after washing
  • Wash your hand before eating something
  • Wash your hands after gardening

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