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Toxoplasmosis is a common infection in people, birds, and animals
that often is not noticed or may cause mild flu-like symptoms. But the
infection can cause problems for a fetus (when the mother becomes infected) and
for people who have weakened immune systems.
Human infection usually happens when a person eats food that
contains the toxoplasmosis parasite, such as undercooked meat from an infected
animal. You also can get infected by touching an infected cat or its feces.
Most people develop an immunity during the 2 months after the infection.
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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